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Washington Nationals: 2011 MLB Draft 3rd Round, Day 2. Nats Draft LHP Matthew Purke At No. 96.

D.C. GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals are once again making interesting selections in the 2011 MLB Draft.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
D.C. GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals are once again making interesting selections in the 2011 MLB Draft. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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After selecting a third baseman some considered the best available bat in this year's draft, Rice University third baseman Anthony Rendon sixth overall last night, taking University of Kentucky RHP Alex Meyer 23rd and getting Miami-Dade Junior College outfielder Brian Goodwin with the 34th Pick in the Supplementary Round, the Washington Nationals next pick was 96th overall in the 3rd Round. With that pick the Nats selected Texas Christian LHP Matthew Purke, a Texas Rangers' 1st Round pick taken 14th overall in 2009, who chose to attend college instead, but has struggled with shoulder issues. After going (16-0) in 20 games, 18 starts with 34 BB (2.63 BB/9) and 142 K's (10.99 K/9) in 116.1 IP as a freshman in 2010, Purke experienced shoulder issues which limited him to 11 starts in '11 in which Purke was (5-1) in 11 games and 52.2 IP, walking 20 (3.42 BB/9) and collecting 60 K's (10.25 K/9). Another 1st Round talent by most expert's estimation, who fell to the Nats in the 3rd Round.