Most off days mean there won’t be much news. But today’s off day isn’t like other off days. Today, hundreds of prospects will desperately refresh their browsers and watch on television as they wait for their name to be called, making their life long dream come true.
That’s right, today is the MLB draft.
This organization built a team the old fashioned way. They got draft picks, a lot of them, and developed the players within their own system. They brought up their own players to improve the team long term, from the core, instead of getting veterans to put a band aid over the wound.
Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper…they were all drafted and developed by the franchise. All are now playing key roles on the team on a regular basis.
That’s not even including the promise that was drafted last year in Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke. The Nats have built up a lot of depth and talent within the minors through the draft, and tonight will be no different.
The Nats gave up a lot of their pitching depth to get Gio Gonzalez (which I think we can all agree has paid off) so they should be looking to add back to that pool tonight.
Unlike years past, the Nats mediocre success last season means that they will not have as high draft picks to work with. Still, the Nats have used a certain blueprint for success from the inside out that has led to their current progress.
Who will be the next prospect star?