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.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?
"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."
(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.")
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