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Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper the top pick



Mike Rizzo has said that the Nats already know whom they're taking in first in next week's draft, and he said so again Wednesday morning on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio. He also said that he won't make it public, but that "by June 7 we'll be prepared to pull the trigger."

When he was asked whether this year's decision was more difficult than settling on Stephen Strasburg a year ago, Rizzo finally said something a bit more interesting.

"I think a little bit more has gone into it this year," he said. "We've really expanded our search, early in the process this year, to include a variety of players. College pitching, some college bats, some high-school bats, even some high-school arms we had in the mix early on in the process.

"But as things have a tendency to do, they kind of take care of themselves, and the players make themselves known who should be the first pick. And there's definitely been separation, the first pick from the field. So we feel real comfortable where we're at right now."
Yeah. So does this week's Sports Illustrated, I reckon. When was the last time not one but two Nats (or future Nats, anyhow) were mentioned on SI's cover, by name?

(In other news, Rizzo said that Scott Olsen is "coming along" but the team will be "very very careful" with him, that Chien-Ming Wang is "diligently doing his workouts in Viera" and is hoping to be ready around the All-Star break, that Jordan Zimmermann is "way ahead of schedule" and hit 94 mph during a recent three-inning simulated game, and that Ross Detwiler will be "fully recovered in the next couple weeks."

Rizzo said his starting pitching has been "terrific" and his relievers "solid, but that "we need to play a little cleaner games. We've been making too many mistakes not only defensively but running the bases and just some mental errors. But this team grinds out every at bat, every game, every inning.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Sheesh. Finally an unpdate on Wang. Bring him on.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 2, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Agreed...glad Rizzo spoke out on the status of JZimm, CMW and Detweiler. Wow, the starting rotation is going to be a tough one in about a month or so, tough decisions will have to be made and maybe a trade or two!

Posted by: markfd | June 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Agreed...glad Rizzo spoke out on the status of JZimm, CMW and Detweiler. Wow, the starting rotation is going to be a tough one in about a month or so, tough decisions will have to be made and maybe a trade or two!

Posted by: markfd | June 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Possibly 2 younger guys for Oswalt? I'd hope not but it could happen.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | June 2, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

1/2St,

Who really cares about Wang? At least this year? DO YOU ACTUALLY believe he would be pitching better than LIvan Hernandez has up to to this point? If you do I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would very much like to sell you and given these dire economic times that would be a great thing for me.

That said, consider a starting rotation with Strasburg, Zimmermann (also mentioned and throwing at 94mph right now?), another power pitcher to be traded for later, Scott Olsen, Livan Hernandez ... at that point where would you put a Wang? Perhaps with Jason Marquis as he would likely be pitching closer to the quality level somewhere of a Marquis I suspect?

There are NOW LOTS of guys in the minors that may deserve a shot first don't you think?

Posted by: periculum | June 2, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

If this Nats team can stay in the hunt in the NL East through the All Star break, they have JZim back and have some other trade bait to grab the Rightfielder they need to solidify the outfield.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | June 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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