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MLB draft picks 16-20: The Nationals take a chance with Lucas Giolito

Jun 4, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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No. 16 – Washington Nationals -High school right-hander Lucas Giolito

With their lowest pick since the franchise arrived to D.C. in 2005, it didn’t look like the Nationals would be able to snag an elite talent like the previous three drafts with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. They may have lucked out here. Giolito was discussed as a potential No. 1 pick before his season ended after he strained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in early March. He only recently began a throwing program, so the pick is a bit of a gamble. But the upside is obviously pretty huge here.

No. 17 – Toronto Blue Jays – High school outfielder D.J. Davis

Davis was considered one of the fastest players, if not the fastest, in the entire draft class. However, he’s not just a punch-and-judy type. While still very raw at this point in his development, the Mississippi native has gap power and the ability hit for a high batting average. He should stick in center field for the long haul.

No. 18 – Los Angeles Dodgers – High school shortstop Corey Seager

After selecting a pitcher in the first round in their previous nine drafts, the Dodgers picked the younger brother of Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager this year. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he’s highly regarded for his power potential. While Seager played shortstop in high school, he is expected to move over to the hot corner as a pro.

No. 19 – St. Louis Cardinals – Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha

While Wacha doesn’t have the upside of fellow college right-handers Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer or Mark Appel, he’s considered one of the most polished pitchers in this year’s draft class. He has a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s range and a quality changeup, but there have been some doubts about his breaking stuff. Some mentioned him a top-10 pick not too long ago, so he’s a pretty nice value here.

No. 20 – San Francisco Giants – Mississippi State right-hander Chris Stratton

Another college pitcher who was expected to go a bit earlier according to most mocks, Stratton stands at 6-foot-2 and 197 pounds. He sits in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball and has three pitches in his arsenal which have above average potential. The Giants have a pretty good reputation for developing pitchers, so who are we to doubt them here?

Pick 1: Astros select shortstop Carlos Correa                          .

Picks 2-5: Mariners take catcher Mike Zunino at No. 3           .

Picks 6-10: Pirates halt Mark Appel’s free-fall                              .

Picks 11-15: A’s, Mets select high school shortstops                .

Picks 21-31: Blue Jays add potential 2012 callup Stroman

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Been trying to watch the draft, because the commentary isn’t bad…but Bud Selig’s pitiful announcing makes me want punt kittens

  2. natstowngreg - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Resolved, that Bud is the worst Commissioner at announcing picks in the history of televised professional sports drafts.

    Mike Rizzo took a risk and may have gotten the best player in the draft at #16. I am amused.

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      Should be nice to see how the kid does once he gets healthy. I just hope durability doesn’t become an issue. I always hate to see a shining star burn out too quick. I’m pretty happy with the Wacha pick. I’m a little curious about Ramsey just because I wonder if his speed will be maintained.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        The Nats were careful with Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, so I’m optimistic they will do the same with Giolito.

  3. Matt S - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    For the record, neither Cain nor Bumgarner were college pitchers- just Lincecum.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Giolito was the steal of the draft. How damned lucky can the Nats get? At his age, a year or so off recovering from TJ surgery, if necessary, won’t harm his future at all. Rizzo knows this after going through this with Zimmerman and strausberg. Just wish he’d had fallen into the Yankees lap. Damn.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      It’d have been iffy whether the Yanks would have taken a possible injury prospect due to Brackman’s failures. They did get a nice upside HS pitcher though, who might be able to add a few mph to his fastball (currently 92-94 touching 97) as he ages.

  5. nickmiller63 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Bumgarner and Cain were not college pitchers.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    A brief note about the Jays pick of Davis. His dad was once a promising minor leaguer with The Jays before being sidelined by health issues. Davis Sr. was quite please by the selection.

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