With their 3rd Round pick, 101st overall, the Washington Nationals selected right-hander Reid Schaller out of Vanderbilt. Schaller went undrafted out of high school after dealing with injury issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery that cost him his first year.
Schaller put up a 4.05 ERA, eight walks, 36 Ks, and a .290 BAA in 26 2⁄3 IP this season.
“He’s super intriguing,” Jim Callis said on the MLB.com broadcast of the Draft. “This is a guy who could have been drafted out of high school in Indiana a couple years ago. Low 90s with a fastball, but he had kind of a series of nagging injuries and he was committed to Vanderbilt, it’s hard to sign guys away from there especially if they don’t go super-high in the Draft.”
The Nationals took pitchers with each their top two picks of the 2018 MLB Draft last night, selecting right-hander Mason Denanburg (1st Round, No. 27 overall) out of Merritt Island High School in Florida and lefty Tim Cate (2nd Round, No. 65) out of the University of Connecticut.
Nats’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline told reporters in a conference call before the start of Day 2 of the Draft that they saw this year’s prospect class a pitching-heavy with a few position players they liked.
“Going into the season it was an extremely pitching-heavy draft, lots and lots of velocity,” Kline explained.
“We always say the same thing, it’s true, we’re going to take the best player that we have on the board, but I can tell you that there’s a lot of pitching up there and a lot of pitching from good programs, guys with good velocity, guys with secondary, and a lot of things we like there.
“We’ve identified a few positions players that we like a lot and we’ll see how that plays out.”
The Nationals went pitching again in the third round...
#Nationals select @VandyBaseball RHR Reid Schaller in the third round of #MLBDraft— Adam McInturff (@2080adam) June 5, 2018
Here's video from him early this season. I liked him in HS, had injuries throughout college career, showed big stuff in bullpen role this spring. Power arm. @federalbaseball @TalkNats2 pic.twitter.com/3P8NXnFShh