Andrew Lee: (Photo Credit: Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics)
Players On The Bubble
Round 11: Andrew Lee, right handed pitcher, junior at Tennessee,6’5″, 225 lbs: This is a guy the Nats would probably like to sign, but with another year of college eligibility, his signing is going to depend upon whether the Nats and the player can agree on the amount of the signing bonus. He had a 4-2 record at Tennessee this year with a 2.61 ERA as a reliever. Plus, he has some experience playing in the infield at first base while playing in Knoxville.
Round 13: Max Schrock, second baseman, junior from South Carolina. 5;8″, 185 lbs: Schrock is on the bubble because the right signing bonus will bring him into the Nationals fold now. Max dealt with some injuries to his wrist and Achilles tendon this year. Schrock hit .303 last season with 11 doubles and 34 RBI’s for the Gamecocks.
Round 15: Kevin Mooney, right handed pitcher, University of Maryland, Junior, 6’2″, 215 lbs: The reason Mooney is on the bubble is because there are two factors in favor of the Nats signing him: a good signing bonus and the fact that Mooney grew up in Maryland and may want to sign with a local big league organization.
There is a factor that weighs against Mooney leaving UMD right now–his college team not getting to the College World Series this year. The UMD team may have that opportunity next year and Mooney may want to be part of that. Mooney has been a very successful closer for the Terrapins during his college. He has the most saves in Maryland baseball history and a 1.21 ERA during the 2015 season. Last season, Mooney had 11 saves and struck out 47 batters over the course of 38 innings.
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