With the 2017 MLB Draft set to take place tonight at 7PM EST, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of the historic picks from the Nats over the last 13 years. The order is determined by my own opinion. Note: The Montreal Expos are excluded
- Koda Glover, Pitcher - Oklahoma State(2015 Round 8 - Pick 254)
- Lucas Giolito, Pitcher - Harvard-Westlake School(2012 Round 1 - Pick 16)
- Craig Stammen, Pitcher - University of Dayton(2005 Round 12 - Pick 354)
- Steven Souza Jr., OF - Washington State University(2007 Round 3 Pick 100)
Jordan Zimmermann, Pitcher - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point(2007 Round 2 - Pick 67)
Jordan Zimmermann was one of the Nats best from 2009 to 2015, is a 2-Time All Star and threw the first ever Nats No-Hitter in 2014. Jordan comes from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he posted a 2.72 ERA and a 20-7 Record.
Jordan spent 2 years in the minors before joining the Nats rotation in 2009. In the 8 years Jordan spent in the Nationals Organization he started 178 Games in the majors with a 70-50 Record and a 3.32 ERA. Jordan now plays for the Detroit Tigers and has a 5.20 ERA since leaving the Nats.
Anthony Rendon, Third Base - Rice(2011 Round 1 - Pick 6)
Anthony Rendon is a Gold Glove level 3rd Base and a hit Machine. Rendon hit .371/.510/.679 and 52 homers in College.
Rendon finished 5th in MVP voting and won the Silver Slugger Award in his first full year in the bigs. Rendon is currently on pace to have his best season, Hitting .288/.349/.441 with 11 home runs in 58 games. Rendon has been a spectacular fielder since Yunel Escobar left securing his spot at third.
Bryce Harper, Outfield - College of Southern Nevada(2010 Round 1 - Pick 1)
Ok. Hear me out. Bryce is a top-3 in the world player, and will be for a very long time and is easily the best player the Nats have ever drafted. That being said, where will he play in 2019 and beyond? If Bryce chooses to stay in DC he will jump to #1 on this list the second he signs the deal.
Bryce Harper was the best player in 2015. He was better than Trout. He was the unanimous MVP with a .330/.460/,1.109 stat line and 42 long ones. His trophy case includes Rookie of the Year, MVP and a Silver Slugger. Bryce is a 4 time All-Star and he's only 24. He also broke the arbitration record and will more than likely get the biggest contract in history.
Stephen Strasburg, Pitcher - San Diego State(2009 Round 1 - Pick 1)
Stephen Strasburg is a monster. Stras destroyed college posting a 1.59ERA in 53 games(28 Starts) Strasburg spent a year in the minors despite many thinking he could have jumped straight to the majors.
On June 8th 2010 Strasburg made his major league debut against the Pirates & stuck out 14 batters, a number he would not pass until this year. Strasburg is a 2 time All-Star & a 1 Time Silver Slugger. Stephen Strasburg is the best pitcher drafted by the Nationals.
Ryan Zimmerman, Third Base - University of Virginia(2005 Round 1 - Pick 4)
Ryan Zimmerman is the greatest National of all time, and he's also homegrown. Zimmerman has a Gold Glove, 2 Silver Sluggers & is a 2 time All-Star. Zim hit .355/.405/.472 in College.
Zim is still slugging, in his 13th season Zim is having one of his best seasons offensively and already has better numbers than last year in half the games. Zim is a historical player. He was the first ever draft pick for the Nats & hit a walkoff in the first ever official game at Nationals Park in 2008. Zim made his move to 1st base after 2014.
I say with confidence that Zim is the greatest Nat ever & his bounce back season proves it.