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Re: MLB Draft Tonight [Re: PowerBoater69] #605940
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Samuel Infante is a 2020 SS/2B/3B with a 6-1 175 lb. frame from Hialeah, FL who attends Monsignor Edward Pace. Strong athletic build, has put on strength in the last year and it shows in his tools. 6.81 runner, very easy and confident actions in the middle infield, has easy plus arm strength from a variety of arm angles, circles the ball well and gets rid of it very quickly, has all the actions and has the physical ability to make difficult plays look easy. Right handed hitter, improved strength really plays in the way the ball comes off the barrel, has a loose and whippy swing and hits the ball out front, hard barrel with line drive contact and carry, comes off the barrel loud, was timed up consistently in games. High level talent on both sides of the ball. Good student, verbal commitment to Miami.


A high school kid, so more of a project from the comp pick for losing Rendon. We can always use middle infielders. I like a strong arm from the left side of the infield. Doesn't sound like he has much power but at 6'1" coming out of HS he's sure to bulk up over the next few years and add a little pop.

Start the damn season and bring these guys up. The World Series winning team had a lot of aging players, time to reload.

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SS Sammy Infante admires players like Robinson Cano and David Ortiz. Likes watching Trea Turner's game and speed. Was going to play for Miami Hurricanes on scholarship but said he will forego that to begin his pro career and sign with the #Nats


Nice! The kid's dream was to play for the Hurricanes but now he says he's coming to DC. Out with the old in with the new, I'm ready for a youth movement.

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Next pick is Holden Powell, a UCLA reliever with a fastball/slider combo. He won the 2019 Stopper of the Year award as the best college reliever. The MLB TV guys see him having a fast path to the majors.

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He's built like a pitcher.

Draft eligible sophomores can always go back to school and get drafted again in a year or two. Perhaps they can get someone else under slot.


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I believe the Nationals were the oldest team in baseball last year. Having Kieboom in the lineup should help with that a little.

Ride vets like Howie as far as you can and let the kids get as much experience as possible.


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Another big Okie, from Federal Baseball:

With the 123rd overall pick in the 4th Round of the 2020 #MLBDraft, the Washington #Nationals selected C Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma). 22 yo.; 6'1'', 221 lbs.

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A day after taking a tall, college right-handed pitcher in the first round of the MLB draft, the Washington Nationals used their second-round pick, the 55th overall, on Cole Henry, another tall, college righty with a power fastball.

Henry, 20, threw just 58⅓ innings in two seasons at LSU, putting limited wear on his arm. This past season, shortened by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Henry made four starts, pitched 19 innings, and finished with a 1.89 ERA and 23 strikeouts. His pitch mix includes mid-90s heat, a curveball and a developing change-up.

Henry is a draft-eligible sophomore, meaning he has the option of returning to school. But on a conference call with reporters Thursday, he said he intends to sign with the Nationals. A person with knowledge of his plans soon doubled down on that, expressing confidence that Henry and the Nationals will reach an agreement.

The slot value for the 55th pick is $1,307,000. Henry, one of the Nationals’ five selections Thursday, dealt with lingering elbow soreness as a freshman at LSU. That led him to review his mechanics in the offseason, and, with the help of his father, shorten the arm path in his delivery. He says the tweak has “worked out great.”

“I really haven’t had any issues at all with my arm,” Henry said. “I was able to pitch throughout the fall and into the spring until the season got canceled. I threw all throughout quarantine and up to now.”

This year’s draft was reconfigured by the pandemic, with five rounds replacing the usual 40. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, teams will be able to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players to a maximum $20,000 bonus. Drafted players will immediately receive $100,000 of their signing bonuses and have the rest spread across the next two years.

And because the virus cut the spring season down, many clubs have favored college players over high school prospects. When the San Diego Padres selected Robert Hassell on Wednesday with the eighth overall pick, it was the latest the first high school player to be chosen had ever gone in a draft. Fourteen picks later, the Nationals selected Cade Cavalli, a 6-foot-4 righty out of the University of Oklahoma.

They kept to that approach by taking Henry in the second round, right-handed reliever Holden Powell with the 94th pick in the third round, catcher Brady Lindsly, who played with Cavalli at Oklahoma, with the 123rd pick in the fourth round, and junior college pitcher Mitchell Parker with the 153rd pick in the fifth round.

The Nationals did briefly break from the pattern, selecting high school shortstop Sammy Infante, using the compensation pick they received after star third baseman Anthony Rendon signed with the Los Angeles Angels last winter. Infante, 18, recently graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Florida and is committed to the University of Miami. Infante told reporters Wednesday that he wants to sign with the Nationals. He added that he is healthy, on the cusp of his lifelong dream and called himself a “steal” for Washington with the 71st pick.

Holden Powell, 20, the Nationals’ pick following Infante, pitched three college seasons and finished ranked second in UCLA history with 23 saves. Brady Lindsly, the pick following Powell, played four seasons at Oklahoma and hit 11 doubles, four triples and five home runs as a sophomore. Parker, 20, the Washington’s final selection, pitched one season at San Jacinto College North and went 6-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 13 starts.

“Obviously, college players are sometimes two and a half, three years older than the high school players, so you’ve had two or three summer seasons to see them play,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday. “So you have a better comfort level, you have more history with the college player than the high school players. And let’s not forget, the high school players in the upper portion of the United States played barely at all, if at all.”

The Nationals have long keyed on college players. Their top four picks last June — pitchers Jackson Rutledge, Matt Cronin and Tyler Dyson, and infielder Drew Mendoza — were all Division I or junior college products. Since 2009, when Rizzo took over as general manager, they’ve selected a college player with 11 of their 15 first-round picks.

So Henry, Powell, Lindsly and Cavalli fit a pattern that’s been sharpened by these circumstances. Since Henry has two years of college eligibility remaining, he could demand higher than his slot value. The Nationals were allotted $6,647,700 by MLB to sign their six draft picks. If they do sign Henry to a higher bonus than his slot value, they would have to go below slot with at least one of their remaining selections. Lindsly, a player with no remaining eligibility, could possibly take lower than slot value to give the Nationals flexibility with other picks.

“I was shocked, honestly, I thought I was looking at the free agent thing the whole way,” said Lindsly, whose slot value is $464,500. “When I got the call I was just speechless. They said they were going to take me like seven picks before, and the draft has never moved slower.”

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Lindsly didn't expect to be drafted, so why take him in the 4th, he probably would have been there in the 5th. I like the four big college pitchers though, I also like the five round draft, not too many top prospects falling below the first 100 picks.

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The Nats signed Gio Diaz, a college infielder with high contact and low strike outs.

https://smcgaels.com/sports/baseball/roster/gio-diaz/815

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From @ByMattWeyrich on Twitter:
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Nationals signed both their 4th- and 5th-round picks from this year's draft for well under slot value.

That money will likely be used to sign 2nd-rounder Cole Henry, who has leverage as an LSU sophomore that could go back to college & try to earn a 1st-round selection next year

3rd-round pick Sammy Infante could also get a piece of that, as he's a recent high school graduate committed to Miami. But Henry was the big steal for the Nats in this draft and will probably be as big a priority as 1st-rounder Cade Cavalli

So far during the unique 2020 undrafted free agent signing period, the Nationals have reportedly inked three players to the allotted $20,000 deals:

-Saint Mary's INF Gio Diaz
-Rhode Island 1B/OF Jackson Coutts
-San Jacinto C Raymond Torres Jr.

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