2022 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals select Jake Bennett (LHP) with 45th overall pick in 2nd Round…

After choosing 18-year-old, highschool outfielder Elijah Inexperienced with the fifth total choose within the first spherical of the 2022 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals went with a pitcher at No. 45 total, with their second spherical choose, choosing lefty Jake Bennett out of the College of Oklahoma.

Bennett, 21, pitched with 2020 Nationals’ 1st Spherical choose Cade Cavalli each in highschool and in school with the Sooners. He was a thirty ninth Spherical choose by the Nats again in 2019, they usually drafted him once more this yr, within the 2nd Spherical this time.

“Whereas he received’t emulate Cavalli by changing into a first-rounder out of faculty,” MLB Pipeline’s scouts wrote, “… Bennett may issue into the highest two rounds after pitching the Sooners to the School World Collection finals by profitable 4 of his 5 postseason begins.”

“At 6-foot-6 and 234 kilos, Bennett is constructed to be a workhorse starter. He has a simple but considerably misleading supply that he repeats nicely, permitting him to pound the strike zone all through his school profession.

“He stands out extra for his flooring than his ceiling with likelihood of changing into a No. 4 or 5 starter.”

Bennett, like Inexperienced, who spoke to reporters shortly after he was chosen tonight, will speak to reporters from the nation’s capital shortly, and we’ll add any related data now that the Nats are executed selecting for tonight. Asst. GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline and Mark Baca, the Assistant Director of Beginner Scouting, can even speak to reporters tonight, so there shall be a bunch of latest tales within the morning…

From Nationals’ Press Launch on Jake Bennett:

“Bennett, 21, went 10-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 20 video games (19 begins) throughout his redshirt sophomore season at Oklahoma in 2022. He struck out 133 batters and walked simply 22 in 117.0 innings pitched. He acquired second-team All-America honors from Baseball America and D1Baseball.com and third-team honors from Excellent Sport. He was named First-Crew All-Large 12 Convention and to the Large 12 All-Match Crew.

The 6-foot-6, 234-pound left-hander is ranked by Baseball America because the No. 41 prospect and by MLBPipeline.com because the No. 68 prospect within the 2022 First-12 months Participant Draft.”