The Washington Nationals selected UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde with the 18th overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft then waited around until the 57th pick in the second round of the draft before taking left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez out of the University of Miami (FL):
With their 2nd round pick (No. 57) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the #Nats select LHP Andrew Suarez from Miami (FL). #MLBDraft— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 6, 2014
Suarez, 21, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 9th Round in 2011, but chose to attend college at home in Miami.
The 6'2'' southpaw was (6-3) with a 2.95 ERA in 16 starts for Miami in 2014, walking 15 (1.23 BB/9) and striking out 87 (7.14 K/9) in 109 2/3 IP. As the Nationals noted in a press release on the left-hander, Suarez, "... attended Christopher Columbus High School where he was named All-Dade County First-Team and an AFLAC All-American."
Suarez went 6-3 with a 2.95 ERA (36 ER/109.2 IP) in 16 starts for the University of Miami in 2014. He struck out 87 while walking just 15.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 6, 2014
His 109.2 innings led the Hurricanes’ pitching staff and were second-most in the ACC, while his 87 strikeouts were good for eighth. #Nats— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 6, 2014
Congratulations to Andrew Suarez, drafted with the 56th overall pick by the @Nationals!— Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) June 6, 2014
The Nationals second round selection was their last pick on the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft, their next pick is the 93rd overall pick in the 3rd Round, which will take place tomorrow.
• More on 1st Round pick Erick Fedde:
RZO on @ErickFedde: "We've known him for a long time. He went to high school w/ [Bryce Harper] and he said a lot of good things about him."— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 6, 2014
#Nats' GM Mike Rizzo on 1st Rd pick @ErickFedde: "You could tell on the field he's a very competitive, athletic, bulldog-type of mentality."— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 6, 2014
#Nats' Kline on seeing Fedde: "I walked out of there thinking that we've got no shot at getting this player because he's a Top 5-type guy.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 6, 2014