As of 8pm last night the Nationals had come to terms with 20 of their 51 Draft picks, despite the fact that they have only officially announced one signing. Making the "non-announcements" even more ridiculous is that several of these players are already playing in Short Season Auburn.
Let's check out the list of signees - including who is already playing for the Doubledays. (Round - Name - Position - School - Stats in Auburn)
5th Round - Matt Skole - 3B - Georgia Tech - 1 for 12. 2B.
7th Round - Brian Dupra - RHP - Notre Dame - On Active Roster.
10th Round - Manny Rodriguez - RHP - Barry (Fla.) - 1 IP. 1 K.
11th Round - Caleb Ramsey - OF - Houston - 3 for 12. 2 RBI.
12th Round - Blake Monar - LHP - Indiana - On Active Roster.
16th Round - Deion Williams - SS - Redan HS (GA) - Not on Roster.
21st Round - Todd Simko - LHP - Texas A&M - A&M Still in CWS.
22nd Round - Travis Henske - RHP - Arkansas-Little Rock - 1.2 IP. 1 H. 2 K.
23rd Round - Khayyan Norfolk - 2B - Tennessee - 3 for 5. 2B. 4 RBI.
25th Round - Erick Fernandez - C - Georgetown - Not on Roster.
*26th Round - Shawn Pleffner - OF - Tampa - Not on Roster.
27th Round - Bobby Lucas - RHP - GW - Not on Roster.
28th Round - Ken Ferrer - RHP - Elon - Not on Roster.
29th Round - Sean Cotten - C - Tusculum (TN) - Not on Roster.
33rd Round - Trey Karlen - 2B - Tennessee-Martin - Not on Roster.
35th Round - Alex Kreis - RHP - Jamestown (ND) - On Active Roster.
36th Round - Ben Hawkins - LHP - West Florida - Not on Roster.
41st Round - Ben Ortega - 3B - Arizona - 5 for 7. 2B. 1 RBI.
45th Round - Richie Mirowski - RHP - Oklahoma Baptist - On Active Roster.
50th Round - Tony Nix - OF - UC Riverside - Not on Roster.
Rizzo is on record as saying the Nationals have "15 contracts pending" - but by my count 10 players who "don't have contracts" are currently playing professional baseball in the Nationals organization. My guess was that the team wanted one big press release as opposed to 19 two-line releases, but that was shot to hell when they announced the signing of Shawn Pleffner yesterday. So my current theory is as follows.... _____?
Anyway, glad to see that we have some pieces already signed and playing ball. Now if only we could get the top 4 picks signed prior to 10 minutes before the August 15th deadline.
Thoughts, CapBallers? Sound off in the comments section!