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Washington Nationals front load 2017 draft with pitchers

Washington Nationals front load 2017 draft with pitchers

In the 2017 MLB Draft, there is one position that the Washington Nationals made a focus: pitching.

It has been well documented about the Nationals' bullpen and their struggles throughout the early point of the season. Through June 13, the bullpen has 11 blown slaves. Now the MLB Draft is not a chance to find immediate help to fill in a position the team is lacking in, but rather development of their farm system. After all, even Stephen Strasburg played 39 minor league games, as a pitcher, before starting back in 2010. 

This season may have pushed ahead the plan for Mike Rizzo. Nine of the first 10 picks for Washington were pitchers and 20 of the team's 40. 

Round 1 (25): Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
Round 2 (65): Wil Crowe, RHP, South Carolina
Round 3 (103): Nick Raquet, LHP, William & Mary
Round 4 (133): Cole Freeman, 2B, LSU
Round 5 (163): Brigham, Hill, RHP, Texas A&M
Round 6 (193): Kyle Johnston, RHP, Texas
Round 7 (223): Jackson Tetreault, RHP, State College of Florida Manatee
Round 8 (253): Jared Brasher, RHP, Samford
Round 9 (283): Alex Troop, LHP, Michigan State
Round 10 (313): Trey Turner, RHP, Missouri State
Round 11 (343): Justin Connell, OF, American Heritage School
Round 12 (373): Jackson Stoeckinger, LHP, College of Central Florida
Round 13 (403): Eric Senior, OF, Midland College
Round 14 (433): Anthony Peroni, C, Mercer County CC
Round 15 (463): Bryce Montes de Oca, RHP, Missouri
Round 16 (493): Jake Scudder, 1B, Kansas State
Round 17 (523): Jared Johnson, LHP, Palm Beach State
Round 18 (553): Nick Choruby, OF, Texas A&M
Round 19 (583): Jonathan Pryor, OF, Wake Forest
Round 20 (613): Jake Cousins, RHP, Pennsylvania
Round 21 (643): Leif Strom, RHP, Pierce College
Round 22 (673): Nelson Galindez, LHP, Haines City High School
Round 23 (703): Jamori Blash, 1B, Cochise College
Round 24 (733): Tim Richards, SS, Cal State Fullerton
Round 25 (763): David Smith, RHP, Cal State Long Beach
Round 26 (793): Kameron Esthay, OF, Baylor
Round 27 (823): Darren Baker, SS, Jesuit High School
Round 28 (853): Nic Perkins, C, Drury University
Round 29 (883): Alex Dunlap, C, Stanford
Round 30 (913): Austin Guibor, OF, Fresno State
Round 31 (943): Jeremy McKinney, RHP, Indiana State
Round 32 (973): Phil Caulfield, 2B, Loyola Marymount
Round 33 (1,003): Adalberto Carrillo, C, Southern California
Round 34 (1,033): Bennett Sousa, LHP, Virginia
Round 35 (1,063): Jackson Cramer, 1B, West Virginia
Round 36 (1.093): Gabe Klobosits, RHP, Auburn
Round 37 (1,123): Kody Gratkowski, 3B, Fairhope High School
Round 38 (1,153): Jake Boone, SS, Torrey Pines High School
Round 39 (1,183): Kai Nelson, OF, Fieldston High School
Round 40 (1,213): Max Engelbrekt, LHP, Oregon State

Many of these pitchers, and the rest of the players, will never see action in a Washington Nationals uniform, so no bullpen relief is not right around the corner. It does make one wonder though if the parent association's bullpen struggles this year had any affect on their drafting strategy. 

Notable picks include a second Trey Turner from Missouri State, Dusty Baker's son, the cousin of Washington Redskins' quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and their lone position player in their first handful of picks, Cole Freeman.

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

By Ryan Wormeli

Max Scherzer is the ace of the Nationals staff, a fan favorite, and the 2017 National League Cy Young award winner. He's also a soon-to-be father whose wife, Erica May-Scherzer, once accidentally threw out the jersey he wore when throwing his 2nd career no-hitter. This time around, I'm guessing they talked it over first before deciding to sell some of his memorabilia garage-style for a new fundraiser.

We don't have any more information about the fundraiser yet, but May-Scherzer posted some photos on Twitter this afternoon. 

And in case you're wondering, no, the Scherzer family cat featured in one of the pictures isn't for sale (we assume). Plus, even if they were willing to part with their cat, considering Scherzer is on a contract worth over $200 Million, their price would probably be pretty steep. How much would you pay to adopt the cat of a 3-time Cy Young winner?

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Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

$500 million.

That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts.

One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

Harper will become a free agent in 2018 and people are already projecting his market value at close to $500 million, if not more.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract back in 2014 for 13 years, $325 million, holding the league record.

For Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg, $500 million is a bargain for someone of Harper's caliber.

"Harper is every bit as good [as Stanton] but he's also young," Greenberg told the Sports Junkies Friday.

"I mean, we don't see a player that's as good as Harper, that's as young a Harper, hit the market almost ever I want to say. You look at how many years of his prime he has left and then even if you start to give him just the typical aging curb off of that prime, he's probably worth close to 570 million dollars starting from 2019 and going forward ten years. And that includes also the price of free agency going up and other factors."

Harper, who is only 25 years-old, brings more to a team than just talent. He's one of the most recognizable figures in baseball, bringing tremendous marketing opportunities to an organization. Greenberg dove deeper into how that will increase his market value.

"And that's just for the on-the-field product. You talk about all the marketing that's done around Bryce Harper [and] what he does for the game. In my opinion, and based on the numbers that I saw, he's a bargain at $500 million."

Don't we all wish someone would say $500 million is a bargain for us?

After crunching the numbers, the biggest takeaway for Greenberg is the return on investment the Nationals have gotten out of Harper.

"Like if you look at his wins above replacement throughout his career, he's given you 200 million dollars in value for 21 million dollars in cash and he's due what another 26 or 27 million this year. I mean he's already given you an amazing return on investment."

"So, if you're the Nationals having - benefited from that - you know you have a little bit of, I guess, wiggle room in terms of maybe you're paying a little bit for past performance 'cause, you know, when a player is on arbitration in their early years they don't really get paid that much."

The Nationals still have Harper for one more season and many feel they need to make him an offer sooner than later. Whenever and whoever he gets an offer from, it's going to be a nice pay day for him.