Monday, June 6, 2011

With the 6th Pick in the Draft...

... the Washington Nationals select Rice 3B Anthony Rendon!

So, it appears at though GM Mike Rizzo is going to have to spend another summer negotiating contracts with Rendon's advisor, Scott Boras. On the bright side, the Nationals currently possess 8 Boras clients on the 40-man roster, so Rizzo and Boras appear to have a solid working relationship.

In the past, the team has not shied away from drafting players with "signability issues"; meaning, players committed to playing their senior years/college years. Once again. Rizzo has continued his persuit of the best possible player, by drafting the Rice third-baseman that has been dogged by injury problems. One thought of as the top hitter in the draft, Anthony Rendon played in mostly a DH role for the Owls, as his shoulder has been on the mend - I wouldn't be surprised if Rendon is transitioned to first-base, as the Nats seem to be more than set at the 3B position..

The Nationals should be extremely happy to have drafted another top notch player a year after drafting Bryce Harper. Giving the Nats Strasburg, Harper, and Rendon in the past 3 years drafts. Expect negotionals to last up until the last minute of the deadline for the third year in a row.

Well, CapBallers, do you think the Nationals made out well?

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