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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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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.