Washington Nationals: 2016 MLB Draft Day 2 Recap
By Chris Lacey
Day 2 Takeaways
In my opinion, the Washington Nationals did a stellar job on day 2 of the draft, as they focused on several key areas. The selection of Luzardo is a long-term option for the rotation, Banks has the potential to provide an impact in the lineup and Barrera is someone that can play multiple positions when he’s not behind the plate.
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I even like the selection of Daniel Johnson in the fifth and A.J. Bogucki in the eighth round.
Johnson is a player that could develop into a solid corner outfielder with some power, considering he did hit well last season for New Mexico State.
Bogucki is a pitcher can be a major piece in the bullpen down the road for the Nats. The one thing teams can never have enough is pitching, and adding to that depth was a wise move.
The favorite pick for me from day two is Luzardo. It will take patience, but I think the left-handed pitcher will pay huge dividends many, many years later.
The trend with all of the picks is that the Nationals love collegiate players, considering just one player was taken from high school. There’s some logic to drafting mostly college players as they will, on most occasions, be more polished than their high school counterparts.
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All in all, it will be interesting to see how all of these players do in the organization if the Washington Nationals can sign them. The MLB Draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 11-40. You can watch the draft at 12:00 p.m ET on MLB.com.