Nationals Agree to Terms with 22 from Draft

The Nationals have signed the following 22 players from the 2010 draft:

  • 5th rd SS Jason Martinson
  • 6th rd CA Cole Leonida
  • 9th rd RHP Aaron Barrett
  • 10th rd SS Blake Kelso
  • 11th rd RHP Neil Holland
  • 13th rd RHP Chris McKenzie
  • 15th rd CA David Freitas
  • 16th rd RHP Mark Herrera
  • 17th rd RHP Tyler Hanks
  • 18th rd 2B Justin Miller
  • 19th rd CF Wade Miller
  • 20th rd RF Chad Mozingo
  • 22nd rd RHP Cameron Selik
  • 23rd rd RHP Colin Bates
  • 25th rd LHP Christian Meza
  • 26th rd LHP Christopher Manno
  • 31st rd CA Jeremy Mayo
  • 33rd rd LHP Ryan Sherriff
  • 35th rd 1B Tyler Oliver
  • 37th rd LHP Nick Serino
  • 41st rd RHP Kevin Cahill
  • 49th rd OF Dimetrius Hatcher

That’s 12 pitchers, five from Junior College (out of six total … only remaining unsigned 38th rd LHP Nick Lee) and seven from college (out of ten total … remaining unsigned are 2nd rd LHP Sammy Solis, 8th rd LHP Matt Grace [still playing in College World Series], and 27th rd RHP Sean Hoelscher). There are also seven unsigned high school pitchers.

The 10 hitters signed included two of their eight junior college draftees (naturally, Bryce Harper is the highest unsigned draft pick) and eight of the fourteen college draftees (remaining unsigned include 3rd rd SS Rick Hague, the Texas trio of OF Kevin Keyes [7], DH Russell Moldenhauer [24], & OF Connor Rowe [21], and 14th rd VA Tech SS Tim Smalling)

They additionally signed the following undrafted free agents: shortstop Mills Rogers (Carson-Newman College) and right-handed pitchers Tim Dupuis (Assumption College), Mike Gallo (Milligan College), Zach Gerler (Austin Peay University) and Ben Graham (Emporia State) as non-drafted free agents.

Rogers was a senior at Carson-Newman … he batted 378/448/637 with 10 homers, 58 RBI, and 8/11 SB

Dupuis was the closer for Assumption College … 25 games (led team and conference) (0 starts), 28.2 innings, 25 hits allowed, 14 runs allowed, 12 earned runs allowed, 8 walks, 31 strike outs, 3-2 record, 11 saves (team record & second in conference) 3.77 era… National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason all-American… Northeast-10 Conference Second Team

Gallo was senior reliever for Milligan College

Gerler was the closer for Austin Peay

Graham was a starter for Emporia State

  1. #1 by Nate - June 14th, 2010 at 17:31

    Welcome to Vermont/Viera, fellas.

  2. #2 by Mark L - June 14th, 2010 at 17:33

    This gives Freda something to chew on.

  3. #3 by BinM - June 14th, 2010 at 19:01

    Brian – Great add-on with the UFA’s; Many thanks for that. With 27 rookies under contract should help ‘flesh out’ the VT & GCL rosters a bit. Also, with over 40% of this years’ draft signed in the first week (22 of 50), Kline can narrow his scope & get Rizzo involved in the tough cases (Harper, Cole, Ray, Botello, Littrell, imo). It’s starting to feel like the WSH system is becoming an attractive place to be for Rule-4 players.

  4. #4 by Brian Oliver - June 14th, 2010 at 19:08

    BinM – Pretty much my thinking. I’d imagine we are going to hear about Hague, the guys from the Longhorns some time soon, Grace when UCLA is done, and then Smalling.

    After that it’s a waiting game.

    My guess is Solis goes first followed lastly by some of the HS guys

  5. #5 by Brian Oliver - June 14th, 2010 at 19:09

    with Harper at the last minute

  6. #6 by BinM - June 14th, 2010 at 19:18

    Still curious about why the Nationals spent a mid-round pick on a 22-y.o. with no position (Moldenhauer), unless they saw some real power potential. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s small potatoes, I suppose.

  7. #7 by BinM - June 14th, 2010 at 19:21

    Harper at the last minute goes without saying, given his representation. If he were to sign any earlier, my skull would likely implode & suck parts of Manassas into the resulting void along with it.

  8. #8 by Sec 204 Row H Seat 7 - June 14th, 2010 at 19:22

    Brian Guys like Sickels say the key to draft being great as opposed to “just good” is AJ Cole. Do the NATS pay him and Harper?

  9. #9 by Brian Oliver - June 14th, 2010 at 19:28

    I hope so. Part of me wishes they would have used the 3rd round pick on Cole so that if he was unsigned there would be compensation in 2011 (a sandwich pick between 3rd & 4th rd). 4th rd does not receive such compensation

  10. #10 by Marcus - June 14th, 2010 at 19:43

    Hey Brian, Its been awhile since ya posted ur org. Top ten id love to see one @ some point? Maybe even a b4 and afta draft edition?

  11. #11 by Sean - June 14th, 2010 at 20:54

    My sister went to Milligan w/ Gallo. It’s a really small school (about 1000 students including graduate school), and for them sending a player to the pros is a huge deal. I’m going to do my best to contact him and get an interview together, I’ll pass it along if/when it happens.

  12. #12 by peric - June 14th, 2010 at 21:19

    Should make Sue Dinem and others happy to see the younger players in Potomac. Nevertheless, college drafted players tend to be 21-23 years old. Already AAAA in may a whiner’s mind. Sigh … even if they do seem more mature and ready to play. Like Holder, Rosenbaum, AJ Morris, etc.

    Still wondering what’s up with Karns and his lightening rod of a arm. If you’re looking for another power pitcher to compliment Strasburg, there he be.

  13. #13 by Sean - June 14th, 2010 at 21:35

    Here’s the link to some stuff I’ve dug up/compiled about the guys the Nats drafted and signed from the top 19 rounds:

  14. #14 by peric - June 14th, 2010 at 21:59

    It’ll be interesting to see where everyone gets place this year but also next after spring training.

  15. #15 by Mike - June 15th, 2010 at 00:01

    Moldenhauer is a formality – as a senior…he will sign

  16. #16 by Freda - June 15th, 2010 at 00:22

    @Mark – looks like a nice team up here in VT. Spent half of today making airport runs. We’ll see soon.

  17. #17 by Sue Dinem - June 15th, 2010 at 07:31

    peric :

    Should make Sue Dinem and others happy to see the younger players in Potomac. Nevertheless, college drafted players tend to be 21-23 years old. Already AAAA in may a whiner’s mind. Sigh … even if they do seem more mature and ready to play. Like Holder, Rosenbaum, AJ Morris, etc.

    Wait – you mean these guys may have to make some adjustments first?!

    I don’t hold out much hope of seeing many of the position players I saw last weekend (link in name) this summer. Rosenbaum’s numbers may be good, but he had his moments where he looked like he was exactly where he belongs. Could just be that these PD types may know more than we do. Certainly more than whiners.

    As for this new group, if I make it to Burlington in a couple of weeks, I’ll be sure to write something up a la LNIH.

  18. #18 by Sec 204 Row H Seat 7 - June 15th, 2010 at 09:00

    Great stuff Sean. What impresses me (for the moment:)) is that pick after pick is for a guy with high upside that for one reason or another sank like a stone from pre-draft heights to the lowerr (in some cases real low) rounds. Who’s right– In Rizzo we trust or the “other guys.?”

  19. #19 by VladiHondo - June 15th, 2010 at 11:08

    Sort of a tell-tale sign of a weak system when you sign so many 30+ round picks! Plus 5 undrafted. Of course, none of them one of the many HSers they drafted late – which would be a good sign.

    Figure they have to fill the holes in GCL that the HSers (5 guys) and DSL (10 guys) filled last year with the latter picks and UFAs.

    There MAY be 1 DSLer from last year coming to America, they were pretty bad in ‘09.

  20. #20 by RD - June 15th, 2010 at 15:36

    An interesting note from BA’s online writeup.

    Apparently Martinson was a wideout at Texas St. at some point. That athleticism and toughness is a nice plus to his baseball skill. And apparently he’s played SS, 3B and OF in college, so he’s got versatility. I would imagine 2B fits in there as well, though I know most have come to that conclusion already.

    Extra research on my own turns up this info on Rashad Hatcher.

    From perfectgame in 2007: “Rashad Hatcher is a 2008 OF/P with a 6′0″, 180 lb frame from LaCrosse, VA who attends Park View. Lean athletic body, good solid swing, finishes well, some power, drives ball to gaps, good arm speed, has carry on throws, strong arm, 85 from OF, overhand arm slot, very quick tempo, works fast, good arm speed, keeps arm speed on CB, 12/6 sharp CB, FB 80-82, CB 62, good student.”

    7.00 60 and 85 from the OF going into his senior year, I would imagine those numbers have only improved.

  21. #21 by Clay mathea - June 15th, 2010 at 16:45

    Guys trust me covered the cape for the past 11 years. Manno is a steal . I can only tell you this he outpitched all the big names there for the entire season. Wow how did this guy not get a bucket of dough

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