Washington Nationals: 2016 MLB Draft Day 2 Recap
Yesterday, the Washington Nationals made eight selections in the 2016 MLB Draft. Check out how they did in our draft recap.
The Washington Nationals had a solid first day of the MLB Draft, as they selected players that could hopefully be a big part of future success for the franchise. The Nats followed the same formula during the second day of the draft.
So let’s recap who they selected on Day Two of the draft before going into detail on some of the picks:
Third Round: Pick #94. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Stoneman Douglas HS (Fla.)
Luzardo was someone that people were excited for, as the high school southpaw touched the mid-90s with his fastball. However, Luzardo lost steam, when he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. In addition to his fastball, he features a curveball and changeup.
Fourth Round: Pick #124. Nick Banks, OF, Texas A&M
Banks was on Team USA last summer and made a lasting impression. The outfielder led them in hitting (.386) and on-base percentage (.491). He did win the Southeastern Conference tournament MVP last month. Banks could thrive in the role as a bench player, depending on the opportunity he receives.
Fifth Round: Pick #154. Daniel Johnson, OF, New Mexico State
Johnson was the Western Athletic Conference player of the year this season He hit .416, slugged .720, crushed eight home runs and swiped 15 bases for the Aggies.
Sixth Round: Pick #184. Tres Barrera, C, Texas
Barrera split time between first base and third base while fulfilling his catching duties with the Longhorns. He hit .289 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 2016. The ability to play multiple positions is something that could be a huge asset down the road.
Seventh Round: Pick #214. Jacob Noll, 2B, Florida Gulf Coast University
Noll bats from the right side and compiled a .367 average with 12 homers and 67 RBI 2016. He posted a .326 average in the Cape Cod League in 2015. He was also the Atlantic Sun Player of the year.
Eighth Round. Pick #244. A.J. Bogucki, RHP, North Carolina
Bogucki was a reliever for the Tar Heels and experienced some success. The right-handed pitcher posted a 2.89 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.
Ninth Round. Pick #274. Joey Harris, C, Gonzaga University
Harris hit .247 with two home runs and 22 RBI in his senior year at Gonzaga.
Tenth Round. Pick #304. Paul Panaccione, SS, Grand Canyon University
Panaccione hit .363 with 14 extra-base hits, 26 RBI, and a .440 OBP in 41 games. He was named the Preseason WAC Player of the year by the conference’s coaches.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the picks, starting with Luzardo: