The Washington Nationals' third pick of the 2014 MLB Draft was 93rd overall in the 3rd Round. After taking RHP Erick Fedde (UNLV) with their first-round pick (no.18) and LHP Andrew Suarez (UofMiami) in the second round (no.57) last night, the Nats made their 3rd Round selection this afternoon, taking Norris High School (Firth, Nebraska) catcher Jakson Reetz:
With their 3rd round pick (No. 93 overall), the #Nats select Jakson Reetz - Catcher - Norris HS/Firth, NE.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 6, 2014
Reetz, 6-1 / 195 lbs, was named 2013-14 Gatorade Nebraska Baseball Player of the Year. He hit .487 with 8 HR, 37 R and 37 RBI in 2014. #Nats— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 6, 2014
Here's what MLB.com's Jim Callis and Jim Duquette had to say about the Nationals' 3rd Round pick on today's broadcast of the 2014 MLB Draft:
Callis: "I think he's one of the best all-around catchers in the high school class this year. 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 know Jim Duquette likes him too. I think this is a really nice pick. I think he could have gone a round or so higher."
Duquette: "Plus arm. I liked his arm. And I think from the bat standpoint, he's got a nice short stroke, line drive hitter. I think if you move his hands back a little, make a slight adjustment there I think he'll drive the ball for power too. He's a line drive hitter, but I wouldn't be surprised if you get him into pro ball and this is a guy that ends up taking off and you see him hitting some home runs too."
• Get to know Jakson Reetz (via StudentSports):