Last night, the most important thing to happen to D.C. sports in decades happened. That’s right: The Nationals picked twice in the draft!
Here’s the beat from South Capitol Street:
Who goes down when Eaton, Murphy come back? (The Nats Blog)
Adrian Sanchez goes for Daniel Murphy, and Juan Soto probably has to go for Adam Eaton. Also, what about Matt Grace? Because it would seem the Nats are enjoying their time with Justin Miller and Tim Collins...
Erick Fedde is the likely choice if the Nationals need a replacement starter (WaPo)
Jeremy Hellickson may go down with a hamstring pull — but the Nats can run a four-man rotation until June 19th. But what if they still don't have Hellickson by then?
After 2,016 straight games, Nationals broadcaster ends his iron-man streak (WaPo)
Dave Jageler finally called his streak after an obscene 2000-plus games to watch his son graduate from high school.
On the Upswing: Analyzing the Nats Monster May (The Nats Blog)
The Nats were about league average offensively, except for in the home run, which was essentially their entire offense for a month. Which worked okay, for a month. (Also, the pitching remained phenomenal.)
Nationals select pitchers Mason Denaburg and Tim Cate with first two picks in MLB draft (WaPo)
The Nats have done this before—taking players whose stock fell due to injury, and turning them around—with decent success as a way to manipulate the draft from a lower position.
Stanley Cup 2018: Capitals get support from Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman (USA Today)
Bryce Harper was decked out in the gold and black; it didn't matter, because Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer were ready for minutes on the ice if need be.
Nationals look to add pitching in Draft (MLB.com)
Throughout the rest of the draft over the next few days, the Nats will look to add back to a farm system that is, at the moment, rather barren in terms of pitching.
Nats select prep hurler Mason Denaburg in first round (MASN)
Denaburg, of Merritt Island, Florida, can play the entire field and is generally an athlete — an athlete who touches 97 MPH.
Nationals select Mason Denaburg at No. 27 (MLB.com)
Denaburg, who pitched to a 1.27 ERA this spring in high school, would have almost assuredly gone higher had it not been for, you guessed it, injury concerns.
Nationals Select Left-Handed Pitcher Tim Cate from UCONN (MLB.com)
Tim Cate is a lefty with a good curveball and great command.