The Nationals picked Cal second baseman Tony Renda with their second-round choice in the MLB draft, the 80th overall selection. Renda, 21, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore and was a third-team All-America selection this year.
Renda hit .342 this year with a .436 on-base percentage with five homers and 16 steals in 54 games. He also committed 15 errors on defense.
“In our opinion, Tony has the quickest bat in the draft,” Nationals scouting director Kris Kline said through the Nationals official Twitter account.
Updated, 2:04 p.m.: With their third-round pick, the 111th overall choice, the Nationals took the diametric opposite of Renda – a 6-foot-5, left-handed pitcher from Stanford named Brett Mooneyham.
A teammate of Nationals closer Drew Storen for one year, Mooneyham went 7-5 this year in 14 starts with a 4.26 ERA, 90 strikeouts and 37 walks in 82 1/3 innings. The Nationals actually drafted Mooneyham in the 38th round last year, but he chose to go pack into the draft. Mooneyham was also drafted in the 15th round of high school.
Mooneyham’s father, Bill, was drafted five times and eventually made it to the majors for one season, pitching in 45 games in 1986 for the Oakland A’s.
Updated 2:26 p.m.: In the fourth round, at 144 overall, the Nationals took Samford outfielder Brandon Miller, a player who could sign relatively cheaply and free up money to dedicate to high-priced top choice Lucas Giolito. Miller is a college senior, which gives him little leverage, and Baseball America rated him the No. 314 overall prospect in the draft. Miller slugged .645 and hit 22 home runs this season. He could become a catcher