Washington Nationals News: Nats ready to focus on position players in Draft

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Good afternoon DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before tonight’s game against the Cubs, get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the Nationals’ plans heading into the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, which kicks off Monday, June 8. As Ladson notes, the Nationals are looking forward to the draft despite the fact that they do not have a first round pick.

The Nationals have had a lot of success with the draft in recent years. In fact, the biggest reason behind the Nationals’ ascent from the cellar of the National League to World Series favorites is their farm system, with home-grown stars such as Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon propelling the team to success.

Since the Nationals do not have a first round pick it’s difficult to predict who they will take with their first pick in this year’s draft, which is the 58th overall. That being said, the Nationals already have a wealth of pitching talent in their farm system so the team may feel inclined to focus on position players in this year’s draft, as Ladson notes in his article.

Also in today’s Daily, MASN’s Byron Kerr reports (citing sources) that the Nationals are expected to call up left-hander Joe Ross to start tomorrow’s game against the Cubs.

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Ross was one of the players acquired in the offseason deal that will eventually bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals. The right-hander has pitched well with Double-A Harrisburg this season, going 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in nine starts.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Nats ready to focus on position players in Draft

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network’s Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com’s exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

MLB.com’s coverage includes Draft Centralthe Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Here’s how the Draft is shaping up for the Nationals, whose first selection is the 58th overall pick. Read full article here.

Source: Joe Ross to be called up from Double-A to start Saturday

(Byron Kerr, MASN)

The Nationals have had to be creative and aggressive in filling vacant turns in their rotation the last couple of weeks due to injuries to starters Doug Fister (right forearm tightness) and Stephen Strasburg (neck tightness).

That assertive formula continues this weekend as the Nationals will call up Double-A Harrisburg right-hander Joe Ross to make his first major league start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, an industry source confirmed to MASNsports.com. The news originally reported in a tweet by @NorCalbaseball.

Read full article here.

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