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A Little Draft Talk

With baseball's amateur draft just more than a month away, no team has more to look forward to -- and no team has more to prepare for -- than the Washington Nationals. They hold both the first overall pick and the tenth. A convergence of circumstances has turned this year's draft into a seminal moment for the franchise. The Nationals, on June 9, can draft San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg with the top pick. And, they can use the tenth pick to compensate for last year's epic failure -- the inability, despite furious last-minute negotiations, to sign first-round pick Aaron Crow.

"Well certainly it's much different, because not only do you have the first two, the high picks in the first round, but also the first pick in every round," acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We're starting to finalize our targets for one and 10 and beyond, and that's kind of the mode we're in right now -- putting the final touches to our list."

Friday night, both Rizzo and scouting director Dana Brown were in Columbia, S.C., to watch South Carolina play Vanderbilt. Friday nights are the best for talent evaluators, after all, because that's when each college team pitches its ace. In this instance, Vanderbilt's premier left-hander, Mike Minor, allowed seven earned runs in 5-2/3 innings. In previous years, when Rizzo was Washington's assistant general manager, he traveled to evaluate hundreds of possible draft picks. This time, with his eye focused on the major league roster, Rizzo hopes to watch any player the Nationals are considering for No. 1 and No. 10.

Because of the Strasburg-related hype -- barring an injury, Washington will almost certainly select the right-hander first overall -- the tenth pick tends to get overlooked. But Rizzo said today that the talent pool runs deep enough that No. 10 should produce an "impact player."

"I think the consensus is that it's pretty good up top," Rizzo added, "and then it thins out a little bit. But I feel we'll get a solid pick at No. 1 and at No. 10."

Rizzo did not rule out the possibility that the Nationals would again draft Crow, currently a member of the independent league Fort Worth Cats. Evaluating Crow has been difficult; the Cats play their first exhibition game this Monday. That night, Washington will have at least one scout in attendance.

One other note here...

* Joe Beimel didn't seem the slightest bit worried about his first rehab appearance Friday night with Class A Potomac. It's probably accurate to say he was amused. His outing resulted in one of the strangest pitching lines you can imagine: 1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K... and just 17 pitches. Fifteen were strikes.

"I only threw 17 pitches," Beimel said. "I think that's a record for facing nine guys. I threw 15 strikes. That was mainly the thing I wanted to do, come out and throw strikes. Those guys came out hacking. My line doesn't look too good, but I felt pretty good. Just had my feelings hurt a little bit, I guess."

Beimel returns for another rehab appearance with Potomac tomorrow. "So I'll get a little redemption," the lefty said.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 2, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
 
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Doesn't Crow have to agree to be drafted by the Nats if they want to draft him again? Seems like that would make it a very remote possibility. Since you brought it up, Chico, will you be following up on this?

Posted by: nunof1 | May 2, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

CHarlan: Having been drafted & not signing, I believe Crow (& his agents) would have to give explicit approval to the Nationals for them to re-draft him; I don't think that's going to happen.

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

One other note I neglected to publish in the post you're reading --

This morning, Acta intended to start Ronnie Belliard at second base — a day off for Anderson Hernandez. But Hernandez is starting today’s game because Belliard reported late to the ballpark today. (Not sure how late, but Acta can answer after the game.) Anyway, it’s worth noting the punishment, because Elijah Dukes was similarly benched for a game earlier this year, when he showed up five minutes late. He had been at a community function with Little Leaguers.

By the way, Hernandez began the game by making a fantastic, diving play on a grounder hit by Skip Schumaker. No way would Belliard have recorded that out. That was the first of 14 in a row Martis retired.

Posted by: Chico Harlan | May 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

CHarlan: Having been drafted & not signing, I believe Crow (& his agents) would have to give explicit approval to the Nationals for them to re-draft him; I don't think that's going to happen.

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Duncan for helping the inning continue, and thank you Dunnkey for making them pay for it!

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Go AD!!!

I wonder if he said a little "bleep you Angel Hernandez" before he headed off to round the bases...

Posted by: joebleux | May 2, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

CHarlan: Many thanks for the update on Belliard / Hernandez. On the game - Dunnkey YES!

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Also absolutely loving this pitching performance by Martis. Outstanding.

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Martis is batting. This means Acta will let him pitch the 8th and get over 100 pitches. Is the world ending? When's Armageddon?

Posted by: swang30 | May 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

And Jeff Spicoli comes to the plate...

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

hey, did I make POD in the dead tree edition?

Posted by: CEvansJr | May 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful DP!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope Martis stays in the 9th. Don't even give the bullpen a chance the way they've pitched this season!

Posted by: rxs85 | May 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Great play by RZim! And he leads off the 8th.

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Agreed rxs, at 95 pitches now, I'd say keep him in until he gives 'em a reason not to. I'd sure love to see one more run in this bottom of the 8th for that 4-run cushion...

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

More YES!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Part of me hopes that the Nationals select Aaron Crow again-just to tick him off-then offer him exactly what he was offered last year.

What's he going to do, sit out another year?

As I remember, Crow was considered as good a starter as there was in the draft last year, and Bowden said there was a good chance he would have been in the rotation come September.

With Jimbo gone, perhaps anger on both sides will be gone.

The question would be if the Nats' fans would forgive him for the way he negotiated last summer.

Starting rotation:
1)Jordan Zimmermann
2)John Lannan
3)Scott Olsen
4)Steven Strasburg
5)Aaron Crow

That's a winning rotation.

Posted by: rushfari | May 2, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

rush, they can't draft him again (without his express written consent). it's not allowed.
We discussed this.

Posted by: CEvansJr | May 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Now go read Tracee's gnu post.

Posted by: CEvansJr | May 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

rush, why would you include scott olsen in that rotation instead of martis or even balester or stammen?

Posted by: artvandelay2 | May 2, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

u beat me to it, art

Posted by: HotNats | May 2, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

One thing to take into account. The guy going for South Carolina last night was Sam Dyson, a guy the Nats drafted in the 19th rd of the 2006 draft (out of HS)

He's a draft eligible sophomore who could be an option for the Nats at #50 (#10 might be a reach)

Posted by: Brian_ | May 2, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

nats win, Nats win; Bang-Zoom go the fireworks & a curly W is in the books (Credit to Charlie Slowes). Yes! CG by Martis, no walks - just outstanding!

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

CEvans, I saw where it was said that Crow couldn't be drafted again, but neither post that mentioned it was definitive.

Is that the rule for sure, or is that what we think the rule is but we don't know? Thanks if you can enlighten me.

Posted by: rushfari | May 2, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

This is trade related instead of draft related, but had a thought. Anyone know who the next big closer is supposed to be in the minor leagues. I looked on milb.com and saw that Luis Valdez of the Braves has a strikeout rate of over 1/inning and Daniel Bard of the Red Sox has almost a 2k/inning strikeout rate. We all know this team is not going to win the division, so lets play the kids. What if we trade Nick Johnson or one of our outfield options, I say Dukes is the most marketable to a team for a future closer. I noticed that the braves need the most 1B or outfield help, and the Redsox are always looking for insurance, plus they have papelbon as their closer. Just a thought. Any other minor league future closers available?

Posted by: wrw0601 | May 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Farid - It is a rule. A player must give his written consent to be redrafted.

If you don't believe us, here is Baseball America

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/2005draft/2005drafthow.html

Posted by: Brian_ | May 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

or more formally, "bleep you Angel 'Balk' Hernandez."

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I wonder if he said a little "bleep you Angel Hernandez" before he headed off to round the bases...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 2, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

>>>Starting rotation:
1)Jordan Zimmermann
2)John Lannan
3)Scott Olsen
4)Steven Strasburg
5)Aaron Crow

Rushfari,
How could you leave out Martis DURING A COMPLETE GAME WIN...

Man I just don't get it.
1 Zimm
2 Olsen
3 Martis
4 Strasburg
5 Lannan

Now that's a good rotation.

Posted by: PNatsFan | May 2, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

nats win, Nats win; Bang-Zoom go the fireworks & a curly W is in the books (Credit to Charlie Slowes). Yes! CG by Martis, no walks - just outstanding!

Posted by: BinM | May 2, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Chico: How 'bout some reporting soon please on what areas of need the Nats hope to fill through the draft. Are they focused on pitching? What players are they hoping are available at #10? Thanks.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | May 2, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bhyman1 | May 2, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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