Washington Nationals – 2022 MLB Draft – Rounds 3-10

On the conclusion of Day Two of the 2022 MLB Draft, Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline and Assistant Director of Newbie Scouting Mark Baca broke down the day’s picks for Rounds 3-10 on a Zoom name with reporters, offering transient notes on among the newest draft picks to enter the group, all of whom they’re anticipating to signal, and, as Baca joked, “they’re all large leaguers.”

Spherical 3 – No. 84 Total – Trey Lipscomb – 3B – College of Tennessee:

Nationals’ Press Launch: “Lipscomb hit .355 as a senior [at Tennessee] in 2022 whereas main the Southeastern Convention and rating fifth nationally with 80 RBI. He ranked within the high 5 within the convention in slugging proportion (2nd, .717), complete bases (2nd, 180), dwelling runs (4th, 22) and runs scored (4th, 68) en path to being named First-Crew All-SEC.”

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Kline: “He didn’t play a lot there, and simply began to come back into his personal this yr, and we noticed him early, and Brian Cleary our scout type of acquired [him] on the radar there, so we saved going again, noticed him in opposition to Florida, noticed him late within the yr, and the one factor that you just acknowledge with him is the swing is a bit of totally different, however he completely has the knack for centering the baseball. Athletic child, there’s a plus arm in there when his toes are arrange correctly, he’s going to work on that a bit of bit. Arms are good. Runs okay. However taking a look at it, the child’s acquired an opportunity to hit and hit for some energy, and play a stable third base.”

“Had an amazing yr, put up enormous numbers. I’m unsure precisely what they have been off the highest of my head, however 21-22 homers, hit effectively over .300 — and simply began out the yr like that, and by no means let off the fuel pedal.”

As Kline famous, Lipscomb didn’t play lots early in his collegiate profession, however each he and Baca stated they preferred the very fact he took benefit of the alternatives the final two years.

Kline: “Simply the truth that a child that hadn’t performed a complete lot after which lastly will get a chance and runs with it, I believe that speaks lots about how this man is wired. He by no means — he simply stepped in and for somebody who hasn’t performed as a lot as he had, he positive appears to be like superior and assured, and he does the one factor that he’s going to wish to do within the large leagues, and that’s hit, and he is aware of how to try this.”

Baca: “In case you have a look at ‘21-’22, you see the place he’s acquired extra at-bats, so 2021 he hit, however you might have not seen the facility, after which 2022, simply extra at-bats, and simply his capacity to be on the sector and play day-after-day issues began to blossom for him.”

Spherical 4 – No. 111 Total — Brenner Cox — OF — Rock Hill HS (TX):

Nationals’ Press Launch:Cox hit .288 with eight doubles, three triples, 4 dwelling runs, 19 RBI, 31 walks, 30 strikeouts, 26 stolen bases and 29 runs scored throughout his senior season at Rock Hill. He was ranked by Excellent Sport because the No. 2 prep outfielder within the state of Texas. Following the 2021 season, Cox was named Texas AllState and a Second-Crew All-American by Collegiate Baseball.”

Kline singled Cox out as one of many eight picks that basically stood out for him when he was requested in regards to the class of picks total.

Kline: “I believe the one man that stands proud is the Cox child. Massive instruments, can actually run. Can throw as effectively. Candy swing. He’s acquired some energy. He was one of many children that we delivered to the exercise right here. It was a kind of drafts the place it was a position-player-heavy draft and so the pitchers you wished, you both acquired them otherwise you didn’t. You ID’d them early. A few of them have been harm, a few of them have been wholesome and acquired harm, some have been harm and acquired wholesome, it was simply a kind of years, so the Cox child stands out.”

“He throws extraordinarily effectively, and super-athletic, and it’s I believe he was listed because the second-best outfielder within the state of Texas, I’d say he was the primary one, he simply wasn’t acknowledged as a result of he wasn’t on the circuit and the showcase, however there’s not an outfielder in Texas that has higher instruments.”

Baca?: “As a visible for him, you have a look at perhaps a Johnny Damon, Jacoby Ellsbury look with him.”

Spherical 5 – No. 142 Total – Jared McKenzie — OF — Baylor College:

Nationals’ Press Launch:With their fifth-round choose, the Nationals chosen outfielder Jared McKenzie from Baylor College the place he’s the college’s all-time chief in batting common (.389). In 2022, McKenzie was second within the Massive 12 with a .383 batting common, 82 hits and 62 runs scored. He hit 10 dwelling runs, 44 RBI, 14 doubles and 4 triples. McKenzie led Baylor with 134 complete bases, a .626 slugging proportion and a .453 on-base proportion. He additionally produced 30 multi-hit video games, tied for second all-time for a Baylor participant in a single season.”

Kline: “McKenzie we took within the fifth spherical, we had him as a — approach up on our listing moving into and felt like he type of acquired away from what he did or does greatest, and hit the ball to left area, drive the ball the opposite approach, and I believe he type of acquired a bit of draft-itis perhaps, tried to tug the ball, hit the ball out of the ballpark, however he’s a extremely good trying hitter.”

Spherical 6 – No. 171 Total — Nathaniel Ochoa Leyva — SS — Notre Dame Catholic SS:

Nationals’ Press Launch: In 2022, [Ochoa Levya] hit .421 with 4 doubles, two dwelling runs and 13 RBI. He posted a .558 on-base proportion and walked 13 instances whereas placing out simply 5 instances. He was ranked by Excellent Sport because the No. 1 prep shortstop within the province of Ontario and was a member of the 2021 Canadian Junior Nationwide Crew. Ochoa Leyva participated within the 2022 MLB Draft League the place hit .224 with three doubles, seven RBI, and stole two bases for the Trenton Thunder.”

Baca: “Excellent athlete. One other. Nice measurement for a child. Younger. He’s going to mature and be a extremely large child. Actually good instruments. Can run, can throw. Not fairly positive the place he’s going to play but, he performs shortstop, perhaps he finally ends up at a nook, perhaps even proper area, he’s acquired impression with the bat, he’s acquired uncooked energy, so so far as what we noticed, particularly at this exercise right here, we have been actually excited with him.”

Kline: “There’s an above-average arm in there, and he really ran a tick above common for his measurement, which is fairly spectacular. Fairly good athlete. Actually good athlete.”

Spherical 7 – No. 201 Total — Riley Cornelio — RHP — Texas Christian College:

Nationals’ Press Launch: “Within the seventh spherical, the Nationals chosen right-handed pitcher Riley Cornelio from Texas Christian College. In 2022, he was 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 15 begins for the Horned Frogs. He struck out 77 in 70.0 innings and restricted opponents to 63 hits.”

Kline: “Cornelio was — out of highschool — was a possible first spherical choose, and a high-profile child, and finally ends up at TCU. I noticed him early within the yr, he was as much as 96 or [97]. Sinker-slider kind pitcher, extra floor balls than punch-outs, however an amazing arm, and an opportunity to begin. Actually excited to get him the place we acquired the place we acquired him.”

Spherical 8 – No. 231 Total – Likelihood Huff – RHP – Georgia Tech:

Nationals’ Press Launch: “With their eighth-round choose, the Nationals chosen right-handed pitcher Likelihood Huff from Georgia Tech. As a junior in 2022, Huff was 5-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 16 video games, 15 begins. He struck out 74 in 68.1 innings.”

Kline: “The Huff child was a great measurement child, and has a fastball tops out at 95, flashes of common secondary stuff, some issues he has to work on delivery-wise, however an opportunity to begin, and he’s — no matter how far that takes him could find yourself within the bullpen, however for now he’s a starter, however I assumed that was an actual good late-round choose there.”

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Spherical 9 — No. 261 Total — Maxwell Romero, Jr. — C — College of Miami:

Nationals’ Press Launch: “Washington chosen catcher Maxwell Romero Jr. from the College of Miami within the ninth spherical. Romero hit .272 with 15 doubles, 12 dwelling runs and 54 RBI in 59 video games in 2022.”

Spherical 10 — No. 291 Total — Murphy Stehly — 3B — College of Texas:

Nationals’ Press Launch: “Within the tenth spherical, the Nationals chosen third baseman Murphy Stehly from the College of Texas. As a redshirt senior in 2022, he hit .367 with 23 doubles, a triple, 19 dwelling runs and 61 RBI on his method to being named First-Crew All-Massive 12 and Second-Crew All-America by Collegiate Baseball.”