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Hammering on Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez by focusing on the Manager Approval number again this week (which is down to 11%, from 14% last season and 21% the week before) is kind of like, to quote Goldthwait Higginson Dorr in the Coen Brothers’ The Ladykillers, “flogging a horse, that if not dead is at this point in mortal danger of expiring,” so we decided instead to focus on the national questions included in this week’s FanPulse voting.
So the two big, national, questions this week dealt with the faith you have in GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the front office when it comes to their ability to make a good selection with their picks in the upcoming MLB Draft.
The question was simple, “Do Nationals fans trust the front office to make a good draft pick?” The results? [drum roll or something]:
The other Draft-related question this week was more general. “Which type of player do you prefer your team to draft? High Schooler with a high ceiling or a College player who could be faster to the majors?
Last June the Nationals went with a high school pitcher, Mason Denaburg, with their top pick, and went college-heavy after that, with Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline explaining how they approach such decisions when it comes to taking high school players vs college-age players.
“We evaluate them the same, on ability,” Kline said. “Taking a high school kid whether it’s a pitcher or hitter, obviously you want a kid that’s mature beyond his years and you have a comfort-level that he can go out into pro ball as a young man and compete and make those adjustments.
“Nothing really changes. When you’re talking about taking a high school kid, either a position player or a hitter, obviously signability comes into play, and if they’re really, really talented, they’re probably looking for first-round money, and if the industry or if we don’t see them as that then they go to school and we get to see them in three years and see where they are, but that’s the only difference I would see.”
The Nationals’ top pick this June is the 17th overall selection, then they wait until the 94th pick in the 3rd Round, and they also have a compensation pick at the end of the 4th Round which they received when Bryce Harper signed his deal in Philadelphia.
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