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MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select Tyler Dyson with 153rd overall pick in 5th Round

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With their fourth pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected right-hander Tyler Dyson out of the University of Florida.

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Even though Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline told MASN’s Dan Kolko over the weekend that he thought this year’s draft class was position-player heavy, with a few impressive pitchers up top, the Nats selected pitchers with two picks in their first three.

Last night it was right-hander Jackson Rutledge, and with their first two picks this afternoon in Rounds 3-4, they selected a third baseman, Drew Mendoza, and a reliever, Matt Cronin.

With their 5th Round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, No. 153 overall, the Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Dyson out of the University of Florida.

Dyson, a 21-year-old, 6’3’’ righty put up a 4.95 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) and 42 23 IP for the Gators in 2019, with 34 Ks, and 23 walks on the season.

“This was a guy who a year ago at this time, or even over the winter, we had pretty high up as a guy who could be the next in the lineup of A.J. Puk, Alex Faedo, Brady Singer, and Jackson Kowar,” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said in offering a scouting report on Dyson after the selection.

“He just had a combination of inconsistent performance and then an injury that shut him down for a little while. He lost his spot in the rotation and then wasn’t used that much, but if they can get him sort of straightened out, he’s shown flashes of a fastball up to 97, he’s shown flashes of a plus slider, there’s even a little feel for a changeup even though he doesn’t use it really that often. He doesn’t drive through the ball enough, I think if they can fix his delivery, he’s probably a reliever profile, but it’s a really good arm that just kind of lost his way this year.”