Nationals select 14 players on second day of First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 14 players on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement.

The Nationals kicked off today's action selecting University of California-Berkeley second baseman Tony Renda with their second-round pick (80th overall). Renda hit .342 with 16 doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI as a junior in 2012. His 16 stolen bases led his club and ranked second in the Pac-12. For his efforts in 2012, Renda was named Third-Team TPX All-American by Collegiate Baseball as well as First-Team All-Pac-12.

Renda was named Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2011, after hitting .332 with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 44 RBI and 38 runs scored. He finished his collegiate career with 244 hits, good for sixth on the school's all-time career hit list.

Over the first two days of the three-day Draft, the Nationals have selected a total of 15 players: four right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, two catchers, three infielders and four outfielders. Of the 15 selections, three came from the high school ranks, 11 from four-year universities and one junior college player.

RD PICK PLAYER POS B/T HT WT DOB SCHOOL
1 16 Lucas Giolito RHP R/R 6-6 230 7/14/94 Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)
2 80 Tony Renda 2B R/R 5-8 180 1/24/91 University of California-Berkeley
3 111 Brett Mooneyham LHP L/L 6-5 235 1/24/90 Stanford University (CA)
4 144 Brandon Miller OF R/R 6-2 215 10/8/89 Samford University (AL)
5 174 Spencer Kieboom C R/R 6-0 220 3/16/91 Clemson University (SC)
6 204 Hayden Jennings CF L/L 6-0 170 10/16/92 Evangel Christian Academy (LA)
7 234 Robert Benincasa RHP R/R 6-1 180 9/5/90 Florida State University
8 264 Stephen Perez SS S/R 5-11 175 12/16/90 University of Miami (FL)
9 294 Derek Self RHP R/R 6-3 205 1/14/90 University of Louisville (KY)
10 324 Craig Manuel C L/R 6-1 205 5/22/90 Rice University (TX)
11 354 Brian Rauh RHP R/R 6-2 200 7/23/91 Chapman University (CA)
12 384 Carlos Lopez 3B R/R 6-2 220 1/18/90 Wake Forest University (NC)
13 414 Elliott Waterman LHP L/L 6-5 230 11/24/90 University of San Francisco
14 444 Jordan Poole RF R/R 6-3 210 9/11/91 Chipola Junior College (FL)
15 474 Brandon Smith CF R/R 6-3 195 5/1/94 Woodbridge HS (CA)