On the second day of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected 18-year-old high school catcher Jakson Reetz out of Norris High School in Firth, Nebraska with the 93rd overall pick in the 3rd Round.
MLB.com's Jim Callis, on the online broadcast of the Day 2 of the Draft, said he thought Reetz could have gone higher.
"I think he's one of the best all-around catchers in the high school class this year," Callis said. "Hard to scout the level of competition because of Nebraska, but this guy has proven himself on the showcase circuit. He was MVP of the Perfect Game All-America Classic last year, hit like .435 for Team USA's 18-and-under junior. I think it's a line drive bat. I think he's solid across the board... I think this is a really nice pick. I think he could have gone a round or so higher."
Nats' Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Operations Kris Kline was excited the Nationals were able to get Reetz where they did.
'Very excited," Kline said.
"This is a high school catcher that we love. Power bat. He's got a really good feel to hit. Catching skills are probably along the lines, maybe a tick better than ['07 4th Round pick] Derek Norris at the same time. So we feel that we have the right people to help him progress in that area. I think that you're looking at a offensive catcher at the big league level down the road."
Reetz, as the Nationals noted in their press release on this year's picks, "... was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Nebraska Baseball Player of the Year after hitting .487 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 37 runs scored in 2014."
In an article by Mike Patterson on Omaha.com, Reetz's high school coach, Jason Cullison, said that the catcher, who had a commitment to the Universtity of Nebraska, informed NU baseball coach and former major leaguer Darin Erstad that he would forgo the commitment to the Huskers and sign with the Nationals.
"Cullison declined to say how much Reetz signed for," Patterson wrote, "but said it was 'well above' the $550,000 slot for a third-round draft pick."
MLB.com's Mr. Callis tweeted this afternoon that Reetz signed for $800K, well above the $567,300 value assigned to that slot:
• Get to know Jakson Reetz (via StudentSports):