Cavalli is the fourth straight pitcher the Nationals have selected with their top pick in the draft, selecting right-handed starters Jackson Rutledge (17th overall in 2019) and Mason Denaburg (27th, 2018) in the previous two drafts after they’d selected left-hander Seth Romero (25th overall) in the first round in the 2017 Draft.
Cavalli, 21, was (1-2) with a 4.18 ERA, five walks, and 37 Ks in four starts and 23 2⁄3 IP.
The 6’4’’ righty out of Bixby, OK, was the Sooners’ Friday night starter as a junior after he posted a 3.28 ERA with 35 walks and 59 Ks in 12 starts and 60 1⁄3 IP in 2019. Cavalli also played for USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2019 as the Sooners noted on his profile page.
Cavalli’s father was a catcher in the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system in the 90s after playing at OU as well.
With the 22nd overall pick of the 2020 #MLBDraft, the #Nats select @OU_Baseball RHP Cade Cavalli, No. 22 on the Top 200 Draft Prospects list: https://t.co/DSGlJ4qOBc— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 11, 2020
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NOTE: Also worth noting that Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, who’s working from home tonight, has the Nats’ World Series trophy prominently displayed: