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MLB Draft to feature lots of locals

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MLB Draft to feature lots of locals

Last year we saw Bethesda, MD-native and University of Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen get selected second overall in the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. While no local baseball players are projected to go that high this year, there are some who many draft experts expect to be selected in tonights draft.

Allan Simpson PerfectGame.com has compiled a list of hundreds of MLB draft prospects and sorted them by where they call home. Here are the top 20 players from the mid-Atlantic region as ranked by Perfect Game USA.

1. Branden Kline RHP U. of Virginia Frederick, MD 1st round
2. Nathan Kirby LHPOF James River HS Richmond, VA 2nd round
3. Eddie Butler RHP Radford Chesapeake, VA 2nd round
4. Chris Taylor SS U. of Virginia Virginia Beach, VA 2nd round
5. Blake Hauser RHP VCU Midlothian, VA 3rd round
6. Damion Carroll RHP King George HS Richmond, VA 3rd round
7. Stephen Bruno SS3B U. of Virginia Audobon, NJ - 4th round
8. Josh Sborz RHP McLean HS McLean, VA 4th round
9. Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Lynchburg, VA 4th round
10. Andrew Rash OF Virginia Tech Anderson, SC 5th round
11. Anthony Montefusco RHP1B George Mason Medford, NJ 5th round
12. Jack Wynkoop LHP Cape Henry HS Virginia Beach, VA 5th round
13. Josh Henderson OF home schooled Suffolk, VA 5th round
14. Zak Wasilewski LHPOF Tazewell HS Tazewell, VA 6th round
15. Michael Taylor RHP Christ Church HS Urbana, VA 7th round
16. Michael Boyden RHP Maryland La Plata, MD 10th round
17. Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Oak Hill, VA 11th round
18. Mike Garza 3BSS Georgetown San Antonio, TX 15th round
19. Rand Ravnaas OF Georgetown Fort Worth, TX 18th round
20. Ryan Farrar LHP VCU Mechanicsville, VA 20th round

Virginias Branden Kline is the only player projected as a first round pick and even that is up for debate. He will likely go late first round or possibly as a sandwich pick. Nathan Kirby has committed to play at the University of Virginia and it will be interesting to see which path he chooses. The Virginia Baseball Player of the Year signed a National Letter of Intent and looks likely to be a Cavalier.

One other interesting note is that Gilman High School star Ryan Ripken, son of Cal, is expected to be picked in the later rounds. He has, however, committed to play at South Carolina and will be there in the fall.

The Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft is a three-day event that begins tonight. For all your post-draft analysis on who the Nationals pick check back on CSNwashington.com and NatsInsider.com.

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 

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The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.

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With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

"This is the year."

That's the motto for almost every D.C. sports fan when their team is headed for the postseason.

The Nats led a weak NL East the entire season and clinched a spot to play October baseball early into September.

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The team overcame the obstacle of being plagued with injuries and with pitchers like Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer having a strong bullpen to back them up, the stars were aligning for the team to go all the way.

But now with players like Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy having contracts up for grabs in 2019, Nationals reporter Chelsea Janes says 2017 was really the last chance for the team to win a stress-free title.

"I think those questions you've raised like Bryce [Harper's] contract, [Daniel} Murphy may be leaving, you know Rizzo's contract's up after next year, I think those are the things they didn't have to deal with this year that made this such a free chance," Janes said on the Sports Junkies Friday.

"It was a free chance to just feel good and do it now and not have everyone say this is your absolute last chance, and next year it's their absolute last chance for a little while, I think."

"I mean they're not going to be awful in '19, but they're going to be different and I think they've sort of wasted their free pass here and there's legitimate and kind of unrelenting pressure on them next year to make it happen."

It's hard to make sense of what a team will look like one day after a devastating series loss. One thing that is fairly certain is that time is ticking for the Nats to make it happen with arguably the most talented group of players they've ever had.