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MLB Draft 2020: Washington Nationals select Cole Henry with their 2nd Round pick (No. 55 overall)

With their second pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected LSU righty Cole Henry.

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With their 2nd round pick (No. 55 overall) in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected right-hander Cole Henry out of Louisiana State University.

Henry, a 20-year-old, 6’4’’ righty, posted a 1.89 ERA, six walks, and 23 Ks in four starts and 19 IP for LSU as a sophomore.

MLB Pipeline’s scouts note that Henry has a 94-96-ish MPH and plus curve, and changeup.

For the Nationals, it’s back-to-back, big, college-age right-handers with their first two picks of the 2020 draft.

Eight of the top ten players picked on Day 1 were college players, and the defending World Series champions were one of the teams that went with a college-age arm with their top pick last night, selecting right-hander Cade Cavalli with the 22nd overall selection.

Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked about the college-heavy first round at the end of the first day of this year’s two-day draft.

“Obviously college players are often-times 2 1/2-3 years older than the high school players,” Rizzo explained, “so you’ve got two or three summer seasons to see them play, so you have a better comfort-level. You have more history with the college players than you do with the high school players.”

What will the Nationals do with their next pick? Stay tuned...