Elijah Inexperienced, a 6’4’’, 225-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder was ranked by MLB Pipeline’s scouts because the No. 3 prospect for the 2022 First-Yr Participant Draft, however the son of former NFL Professional Bowl tight finish Eric Inexperienced, was nonetheless obtainable at No. 5, and the Washington Nationals obtained him, and added him to the group after he went 36 for 78 (.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, Florida this season.
Listening to his title referred to as, and by the Nationals, meant so much to the younger outfielder, who was described by MLB Pipeline’s scouts as, “a right-handed hitter … able to doing nearly every thing very effectively.”
“It was positively actually a blessing, as a result of all my life I’ve been working for this objective, this has all the time been one in every of my objectives in my life,” Inexperienced advised reporters on a Zoom name shortly after he was chosen, “and to be referred to as by the Washington Nationals is really a blessing. I’m going to go up there, work laborious, and simply attempt to deliver a championship again to Washington.”
Inexperienced stated he was all of the groups he may land with, however he was actual enthusiastic about being chosen by the Nationals, given the historical past with prime prospects within the group.
“The previous of them having prospects like Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Juan Soto, all of them,” he defined. “I really feel prefer it simply reveals that they know what they’re doing with their gamers, and I simply really feel like I could be a type of gamers and make it to MLB quickly.”
In actuality although, the street to the majors for an 18-year-old highschool hitter generally is a lengthy one, however Inexperienced stated he was conscious of what it takes, and prepared for the problem.
“I do know baseball is a grind,” he stated, “so I’m all the time going to be affected person with it. I’m simply going to maintain my head down, work laborious every single day, and each time I get my time, I get my time.”
How did the Nationals’ latest prospect describe himself when that evergreen draft night time query got here up in his Zoom name?
“I might describe myself as a aggressive man, all the time desires to win, skilled. At all times doing the precise factor on the sector. Going to be a pacesetter. A man who’s all the time going to deliver all people up within the group, and all people goes to gravitate in direction of me, so I’m that kind of man.”
His personal evaluation of himself as a hitter, matched what MLB Pipeline’s scouts stated about him, as somebody who can hit for energy, and make contact, although most scouting studies do point out a propensity to swing and miss, even at the highschool/prep degree.
“Very loud contact and has confirmed he can drive the ball to all fields and hit the ball out of the park nearly wherever with at the very least plus uncooked energy,” MLB’s scouts wrote.
“I believe I can do some little bit of each,” Inexperienced stated when requested about hitting for contact versus energy, “… however I all the time have my instances the place I don’t hit dwelling runs, I hit doubles and all that, however there’s all the time instances after I hit dwelling runs. I really feel like I’m just a little little bit of each.”
“I believe I’m most assured in my hitting, for positive,” he stated at one other level, whereas including he is aware of, “you may all the time enhance to good your craft each single day in something.”