They went with a college arm, Dane Dunning, out of Florida at No. 29 with the second of back-to-back picks they received as compensation when right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and infielder-turned-outfielder Ian Desmond left for Detroit and Texas, respectively, via free agency this winter.
Next up was the third pick of the Draft for the Nats, at No. 58 overall in the second round.
With that pick the Nationals took Oklahoma Sooners' infielder Sheldon Neuse, who played shortstop at OU, but is going to move over to third if/when he signs with the Nats according to Assistant GM Kris Kline.
Thirty-six picks later, with the 94th overall selection, the Nationals selected left-hander Jesus Luzardo out of Stoneman Douglas High School and Parkland, Florida.
Luzardo has a commitment to the University of Miami, but he underwent Tommy John surgery this year.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo called him a "Day 1 talent" with three "at least average pitches" who went on Day 2 because of the elbow injury.