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In later rounds, Nationals focus on college pitching

Before the draft began, Nationals director of amateur scouting Kris Kline vowed the Nationals would focus on college pitchers in a draft considered to be chocked of quality at that spot. On the draft’s second day, the Nationals have stuck to that plan.

Of the Nationals’ eight picks today in rounds three through 10, eight of them have been college pitchers. The most high-profile was Matt Purke, the TCU lefty the Nationals chose in the third round.

The Nationals have seemingly put an emphasis on size. Every pitch picked has been at least 6 feet, 2 inches, three 6-foot-5 or taller. Also, the first 11 picks the Nationals have made have all been college players – their three position players were picked out of college, too.

Here’s a rundown of the Nationals’ next seven picks after Purke in the first 10 rounds:

4th, 127: Kylin Turnbull, RHP, Santa Barbara CC, 6-5 205

5th, 157: Matt Skole, 3B, Georgia Tech, 6-4 230

6th, 187: David Hill, RHP, Vanderbilt, 6-3 233

7th, 217: Brian Dupra, RHP, Notre Dame, 6-3 200

8th, 247: Gregory Holt, RHP, North Carolina, 6-2

9th, 277: Dixon Anderson, RHP, California, 6-5 225

10th, 307, Manny Rodriguez, Barry University, RHP, 6-3 205

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.


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