The Washington Nationals took three outfielders (Andrew Stevenson - 58; Blake Perkins - 69 and Rhett Wiseman -103) in the first three rounds of the 2015 MLB Draft, and selected a right-hander with a Hall-of-Fame father in the 4th Round (Mariano Rivera, Jr. - 134). Then, with their fifth-round pick, the Nationals went with another pitcher, left-hander Taylor Hearn out of Oklahoma Baptist University.
With their 5th round selection (164th overall) in the 2015 Draft, the #Nats select Taylor Hearn (LHP - Oklahoma Baptist University).— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2015
Hearn went 9-0 with a 3.50 ERA in 15 games/13 starts for Oklahoma Baptist in 2015. He struck out 71 batters in 64.1 innings pitched. #Nats— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2015
"You're obviously going to send this guy out as a starter," Jim Callis said on the MLB.com Draft broadcast. "Said this before, we'll say it again I'm sure today, big size, big arm strength on this guy, lot of upside with him."
[ed. note - "This is the last pick we'll do a separate post for today. We'll wrap up Rounds 5-10 at some point in the near-future."]