Nationals announce three more draft signings, under bonus pool allotment

The Nationals announced Friday the signing of three more draft picks rounding out their top nine selections from this year’s draft. The team signed fourth-rounder Nicholas Pivetta, 11th-rounder John Simms and 12th-rounder Andrew Cooper, all right-handed pitchers, and now has signed 25 of its 39 draft picks from June 8. By agreeing to terms with Pivetta, Washington has signed 13 of its top 14 selections.

The Nationals, with baseball’s smallest draft bonus pool allotment of $2.737 million for picks in the first 10 rounds, finished under budget, according to figures collected by Baseball America. The Nationals have spent only $2.682 million on signing their top nine picks, $55,100 under their allotment.

The Nationals, who incurred a minor penalty last season for going over their allotment, were able to move money around their top nine picks. They inked their top pick, second-round right-hander and 68th overall selection Jake Johansen, to the recommend slot amount of $820,000. They overspent on third-round infielder Drew Ward and lured him from playing college baseball at Oklahoma by handing him a $850,000 bonus, far more than the $491,200 recommend slot for his No. 105 overall selection.

But the Nationals had wiggle room because they inked their fourth, fifth and seventh round picks for just at slot, and signed their sixth round pick for under slot. They also signed their eighth, ninth and 10th round picks for far under slot.

The signed picks (round, overall selection, position, name, school): 

2, 68, RHP, Jacob Johansen, Dallas Baptist (TX) University

3, 105, Drew Ward, 3B, Leedey (OK) High School

4, 136, Nicholas Pivetta, RHP, New Mexico Junior College

5, 166, Austin Voth, RHP, University of Washington

6, 196, Cody Gunter, 3B/C, Grayson County (TX) College

7, 226, Jimmy Yezzo, 1B, University of Delaware

8, 256, David Napoli, LHP, Tulane (LA) University

9, 286, Jake Joyce, RHP, Virginia Tech University

10, 316, Brennan Middleton, SS, Tulane (LA) University

11, 346, John Simms, RHP, Rice (TX) University

12, 376, Andrew Cooper, RHP, Sierra (CA) Junior College

14, 436, David Masters, SS, Central Arizona College

15, 466, William Ballou, CF, Marshall (WV) University

18, 556, Cory Bafidis, LHP, Texas Wesleyan University

19, 586, Niko Spezial, LHP, Wake Forest (NC) University

21, 646, Justin Thomas, LHP, Southern Arkansas University

22, 676, Cody Dent, SS, University of Florida

23, 706, Garrett Gordon, RF, Wabash Valley (IL) College

24, 736, Matthew DeRosier, RHP, Southwestern (CA) Comm. College

25, 766, Travis Ott, LHP, Shippensburg (PA) High School

28, 856, Joey Webb, LHP, Menlo (CA) College

29, 886, Michael Sylvestri, RHP, Florida Atlantic University

30, 916, Ryan Ullmann, RHP, Concordia (TX) University

31, 946, Willie Medina, SS, High Point (NC) University

34, 1036, Jake Walsh, LHP, University of Missouri

 

The remaining unsigned picks (round, overall selection, position, name, school):

13, 406, John Costa, RHP, Palm Beach (FL) Comm. College

16, 496, Willie Allen, OF, Western Oklahoma State College

17, 526, Geoffrey Perrott, C, Rice (TX) University

20, 616, Brenton Allen, OF, University of California-Los Angeles

26, 796, Garrett Hampson, SS, Reno (NV) High School

27, 826, Bryce Harman, OF, L.C. Bird (VA) High School

32, 976, Pat Boling, LHP, University of Georgia

33, 1006, Andrew Dunlap, RHP, Westbury (TX) Christian

35, 1066, Lukas Schiraldi, RHP, Navarro (TX) Junior College

36, 1096, Reid Humphreys, SS, Northwest Rankin (MS) High School

37, 1126, Karsten Whitson, RHP, University of Florida

38, 1156, Caleb Hamilton, SS, Woodinvillie (WA) High School

39, 1186, Robbie Tenerowicz, 2B, Campolindo (CA) High School

40, 1216, Shaun Anderson, RHP, American Heritage (FL) School

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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