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With the Nationals on the clock, the draft resumes

The baseball draft resumes Tuesday with the Nationals on the clock again, holding the 51st pick, the first of the second round. Baseball America has a list of the best players remaining.

The Nationals will be the first team to pick first in the draft's current format, when the second round starts a full day after the first. The upshot is that it may allow the Nationals to draft a player they wouldn't have otherwise.

As the list shows, there are still some top talents available, likely because of issues about the players' demands and how difficult it would be to sign them. If the Nationals agree with that list and the player at the top of the Nationals' board is a threat to demand a high signing bonus, the extra time gives them more time to convince ownership that, yeah, it's worth it.

The opportunity to twist the Lerners' arm for a few extra hours may have no impact. Maybe the Nationals' draft guys feel like the best player on their board will sign without issue, and maybe they had clearance to draft a high-risk player, anyway. But that's probably one of the biggest advantages for a team that's got all night and all day to make their second pick.

Mike Rizzo has a history of loading up on college pitchers, and this draft, in the Nationals' eyes, has it in spades. I asked Kris Kline a couple weeks ago the strengths and weaknesses of this draft. He said there is "a lot of college pitching out there" but a "very, very small group of college hitters. The depth of college position players is down."

If I had to take a largely uneducated guess, I'll say the Nationals pick Brandon Workman, a right-handed starter from Texas, with the 51st pick.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
 
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The extra day gave the Nats the chance to come up with pre-draft deals, too, right? It could be that they talked money with the several players they might consider at 51, and will take one they can sign right away.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Per Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Nats will take USD LHP Sammy Solis.

Posted by: jsaltman | June 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What's the Nats' draft order? After the 51st pick, when do they come up next?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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