At it again. Through day-two, the Washington Nationals front office has managed to come away with one of the best draft classes in terms of pick value and overall talent.
After selecting one of the NCAA’s elite pitching talents in UNLV’s Erick Fedde, they grabbed University of Miami southpaw Andrew Suarez and star Nebraska high school catcher Jakson Reetz.
As they’ve done multiple times in recent years, the Nationals managed to get top talent at bargain prices by gambling on injury and signability. Fedde, their top overall pick and No. 18 overall, was one of the most dominant college pitchers in the Nation this season at UNLV. He posted a 1.76 ERA and struck out 82 batters in 76 innings while allowing only one home run and 21 free passes.
Fedde’s ERA and strikeouts ranked within the top 40 in the nation. And that performance follows two outstanding seasons with the Rebels, a Cape Cod League stint where he went 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 30.1 innings and two effective appearances for the 2013 Collegiate National Team over the summer.