clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2016 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals select 3B Sheldon Neuse with 58th overall pick in Second round

New, 1 comment

Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nats' front office took 3B/SS Carter Kieboom with the 28th overall pick and RHP Dane Dunning at No. 29 and with their third pick of the draft tonight, selected third baseman Sheldon Neuse out of Oklahoma.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

In his fourth Mock Draft, ESPN.com's Keith Law had the Washington Nationals' taking Carter Kieboom, a high school infielder out of Marietta, GA (whose brother Spencer is a backstop prospect in the Nats' system) at No. 28, which they actually did with the first of their two picks in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Kieboom, a 6'2'', 185-pound infielder was 37 for 101 (.366 AVG) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 39 runs scored for Marietta, Georgia's Walton High School, with a .504 OBP and .644 SLG in his senior year.

He is, of course, the younger brother of Nationals' backstop prospect Spencer Kieboom, who was at a loss for words after learning his younger brother would join him in the organization:

At No. 29, Law matched the Nationals up with Dane Dunning, a right-hander out of the University Florida. When pick No. 29 came up, the Nationals did, in fact, pull the trigger and the hard-throwing reliever, a 6'3'' reliever who was (5-3) with two saves and a 2.50 ERA in 29 games (five starts) in his junior year.

Dunning walked 11 batters (1.45 BB/9), and struck 78 (10.27 K/9) in 68 ⅓ IP and is still in action this year with the Gators, who are headed to the Super Regional Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. He was previously drafted in the 34th round of the 2013 Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, but opted to attend college.

With their third pick of the draft, the 58th overall selection, the Nationals drafted Oklahoma third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

Neuse put up a .369/.465/.646 line with 15 doubles, five triples and 10 HRs in 55 games and 198 at bats this season, walking 39 times and striking out 43 times on the year.

More info on all the Nationals' picks to come...

Here's some more info on Kieboom and Dunning from our friend Adam McInturff, who scouts the Eastern, South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues for Baseball Prospectus: