Start off your Sunday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:
Rendon listed as day to day
SAN DIEGO — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was not in Saturday’s starting lineup against the Padres because of a sore right thumb. Kevin Frandsen started in his place, hitting second.
Manager Matt Williams said Rendon’s thumb is better than it was Friday, when he left the game in the top of the sixth inning. He hurt it while committing an error two innings earlier on a ball hit off the bat of Carlos Quentin. X-rays on Rendon’s thumb were negative. Read full article here.
Nats draft Ripken’s son in 15th round
The Nationals selected first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of former Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round (454th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Ripken hit .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs in 42 games as a freshman for Indian River State (Fla.) College this past season in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-handed hitter is a native of Hunt Valley, Md., and played high school baseball at Gilman School in Baltimore. Read full article here.
Experience, pitching highlight Nationals’ Draft
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline have often indicated that the team does not draft based on need. Rather, they focus on the best player available, regardless of position.
Over 40 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, which started Thursday night and concluded on Saturday, Washington displayed some interesting trends about which positions on which it wanted to focus.
The Nats selected 21 pitchers out of their 40 picks, and 14 of those were right-handers, including first-round pick Erick Fedde out of UNLV and fifth-round pick Drew Van Orden out of Duke. Read full article here.
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