Pitching, pitching, pitching. At least for the first three picks by the Washington Nationals in this year’s draft.
After taking pitchers with each of their top three picks in this year’s draft (LHP Seth Romero, RHP Wil Crowe, LHP Nick Raquet), the Nats took a college second baseman with their fourth round pick, selecting LSU second baseman Cole Freeman.
Here’s what MLB.com’s Jim Callis had to say about Freeman after the Nationals’ latest selection in the 2017 MLB Draft:
“Cole Freeman, his best tool is clearly his speed, he’s a well-above average runner. He’s a high-contact, low-power type of hitter, he covers a lot of ground at second base, definitely I think can stay in the infield in pro ball. He does not have a great arm, which is why you don’t see him on the left side of the diamond.”
Freeman, 22, went 80 for 245 (.327/.431/.420) with 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 26 walks and 20 Ks in 65 games for the Tigers this season as a senior.