Washington forfeited the 17th overall pick when they signed Daniel Murphy to a 3-year/$37.5M free agent deal this winter.
That signing has worked out well so far, and the Nationals gave it up knowing that they would be receiving compensatory picks for both right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond, both of whom turned down 1-year/$15.8M qualifying offers before signing with the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, respectively.
With the picks GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals' front office received after losing Zimmermann and Desmond, the 28th and 29th overall selections, the Nats picked high school shortstop Carter Kieboom and right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning out of the University of Florida tonight.
Moar ! https://t.co/3M2QWDhaps— #VoteNats (@Nationals) June 10, 2016
1 (29): @Nationals select Florida RHP Dane Dunning. https://t.co/m0jZR8wwZ5 #MLBDraft— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 10, 2016
First pitch at 8:10, but the front office is already hard at work. #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/sGIAOtOaQb— #VoteNats (@Nationals) June 9, 2016
Kieboom, is of course, the brother of Nationals' backstop prospect Spencer Kieboom.
More information on the Nationals' top picks to follow later tonight when we'll hear from GM Mike Rizzo and Asst. GM Kris Kline.
#Nationals fans, get to know your new 3B/SS Carter Kieboom (@Big_Boom5) - https://t.co/0p7g8rW4Lf— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 10, 2016
#Nationals fans, get to know your new RHP Dane Dunning - https://t.co/REFLh7xTi4— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 10, 2016