Washington Nationals news & notes: Elijah Green visits Nationals Park, No. 5 pick in 2022 MLB Draft

Welcome to Washington, Elijah Inexperienced!:

“Effectively above-average runner, above-average arm. Among the greatest uncooked energy within the draft,” Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline mentioned of the No. 5 total decide chosen on this yr’s draft, outfielder Elijah Inexperienced, who joined the group again on July seventeenth (or extra formally when he signed his contract).

It wasn’t simply the bodily instruments which stood out for Kline, who described their new, 18-year-old prospect as a, “super make-up child,” with, “good character,” who was, “very sensible,” and was a, “fantastic human being.”

“He has an opportunity to be a center of the order bat,” Kline added, “run-producer, and a man — the kind of character and skill that you just construct your crew round. He can be a type of varieties of gamers.”

Inexperienced, for his half, mentioned he was clearly excited to affix the Nationals and get began on his professional profession.

“I do know baseball is a grind,” he mentioned on the night time of the draft, “… so I’m all the time going to be affected person with it. I’m simply going to maintain my head down, work exhausting on daily basis, and every time I get my time, I get my time.”

Inexperienced bought a possibility to go to the nation’s capital final night time, and Nats’ supervisor Davey Martinez bought to satisfy the outfielder, and watch him take batting follow with the remainder of their crew.

“Got here into my workplace, actually good child, very well mannered,” Martinez informed reporters in his pregame press convention in Nationals Park.

“Massive child. I informed him, I mentioned, ‘Man, I bought drafted years in the past and I used to be 5’10’’, 145 lbs, these days are over. However he’s all enthusiastic about being right here, and being a Nationwide. He can’t wait to get began. Stuffed with power. Which is sweet. Wanting ahead for him to go down there [to West Palm Beach, FL.] and keep enjoying and preparing.”

The scale of the younger man clearly made an impression on the supervisor.

“He’s a giant child for being 18. He looks as if he’s bought all the appropriate intentions about what to do, the way to go down there, the way to strategy it all the pieces. And like I mentioned, I’m trying ahead to watching his development through the years, and let him go play. I imply, I’m truly trying ahead to watching him take BP. He’s going to take BP with us right here in a short while, so I get to see him hit a bit of bit.”

Inexperienced was listed as 6’4’’, 225 kilos going into the draft, and was ranked by MLB Pipeline’s scouts because the No. 3 prospect total this yr, however the son of former NFL Professional Bowl tight finish Eric Inexperienced (who was 6’5’’, 250 in his enjoying days within the NFL), was nonetheless out there at No. 5, and the Nationals bought him, and added him to the group after he went 36 for 78 (for a .462 AVG) with 11 doubles, 9 dwelling runs, 15 stolen bases, 21 walks, 21 strikeouts, and 40 runs scored as a senior at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL this season.

Martinez learn the scouting stories, and watched quite a lot of video on him, so what instruments stood out of all those which had been highlighted within the scouting and within the lead-up to the draft?

“For me, it’s not only one instrument, it’s all the pieces he can do,” Martinez mentioned. “I watched quite a lot of video of him earlier than we drafted him, and he can run, he can hit, he can hit for energy, his protection seems like his first step was actually good, so for me it was thrilling to have a child that has that many instruments, and be capable to go down and simply work on all the pieces, and get him able to play up right here within the main leagues. As I informed him, like I informed everyone about it — each degree issues get a bit of faster. Baseball is baseball, you’ve been enjoying baseball for a very long time, simply issues will begin getting faster on you, so simply study, take all the pieces in stride, study, and have everyone play as much as your requirements, and play on daily basis that manner and issues will work out for you, so go down there and knock the door down and get again right here as quickly as you’ll be able to. We’re trying ahead to getting you up right here.”

The mixture of measurement, energy, and pace, Martinez mentioned, is particular, and it’s the form of expertise you get selecting fifth total within the MLB Draft.

“It’s large, it truly is,” Martinez informed reporters. “With that being mentioned, he’s nonetheless pretty younger, so we actually consider he’s going to fill out, proper, and so to ensure that him to proceed to have that pace, there’s quite a lot of agility, he’s nonetheless bought to run, however he’s going to fill out, he’s going to be a bit of bit larger than what he’s now, however you realize, like I mentioned, he’s bought all of the instruments to be actually, actually, actually good, and like I mentioned, we’re trying ahead to getting him down there and getting him going.”

Martinez’s tackle what he noticed from Inexperienced in BP?

“Fairly spectacular,” he mentioned after the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. “Not unhealthy for an 18-year-old.

“Like I mentioned earlier, I can’t wait to get him down there and get him some actual reps, get him some at-bats, and get him going after which come to see him in Spring Coaching.”