Nationals make waiver claim on lefty Garcia

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The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed pitcher Robert Garcia off waivers from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Garcia, 27, went 2-0 with two saves and a 2.85 ERA in 31 games (one start) for Triple-A Jacksonville. He struck out 62 batters in 41.0 innings pitched and posted a .226 opponents’ batting average.

Garcia made his Major League debut on July 14 at Baltimore. He allowed one hit and one walk in 0.1 inning.

A native of Manteca, California, Garcia was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of University of California-Davis. He is 13-17 with 15 saves, a 4.99 ERA and 10.43 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 181 professional games (11 starts).

Please see the attached document for the updated 40-man roster.

Nationals recall Alu

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The Washington Nationals recalled infielder Jake Alu from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Alu, 26, is tied for first among Nationals farmhands with 22 doubles and ranks in the system in hits (3rd, 90), runs (5th, 48), batting average (6th, .293), OPS (7th, .777), RBI (T7th, 43), slugging percentage (8th, .420) extra-base hits (8th, 28) and on-base percentage (10th, .357).

This marks Alu’s fourth Major League stint of the 2023 season. He has appeared in five games, going 3-for-14 (.214) with one walk and one stolen base this season.

Alu was the 2022 “Nationals Way” Award winner after he led Washington’s Minor League system in average (.298), slugging percentage (.507), OPS (.872), doubles (40), extra-base hits (62) and total bases (252). He finished the season on a 20-game on-base streak, hitting in each of the final 14 games and tallying hits in 19 of those 20 games during the streak. At third base, Alu led all of Minor League Baseball (infielders and outfielders) with 17 defensive runs saved, according to Baseball Info Solutions.

A former 24th-round pick from Boston College, Alu was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2022 season. With his Major League debut, he became the lowest drafted position player to make his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals in team history (2005-pres.).

Nationals acquire LHP DJ Herz and SS Kevin Made

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The Washington Nationals acquired left-handed pitcher DJ Herz and shortstop Kevin Made from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for infielder Jeimer Candelario and cash considerations on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Herz, 22, is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 games (14 starts) for Double-A Tennessee. He has 80 strikeouts and a .216 opponents’ batting average in 59.0 innings pitched. He has pitched to a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts against just five walks and a .065 opponents’ batting average (2-for-31) over his last two starts. Herz struck out nine batters in 5.0 innings of one-hit ball in his most recent start on July 29 at Rocket City (LAA).

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound left-hander is rated as the No. 16 prospect in Chicago’s system per MLBPipeline.com and the No. 19 prospect according to Baseball America.

In 2022, Herz tied for the lead in Chicago’s Minor League system with 141 strikeouts in 95.1 innings pitched between High-A South Bend and Double-A Tennessee. In 66 starts across four professional seasons, Herz is 8-12 with a 3.80 ERA, 13.15 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and a .181 opponents’ batting average.

Herz was named Chicago’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2021 after leading the system with 131 strikeouts. He went 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a .157 opponents’ batting average in 21 starts in his first full professional season. 

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Nationals recall Hobie Harris

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Hobie Harris from Triple-A Rochester and placed right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams on the Bereavement List on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harris, 30, returns for his second stint with Washington after making the Nationals’ 2023 Opening Day roster. He appeared in 15 games out of Washington’s bullpen, pitching to a 5.40 ERA. Harris allowed two earned runs in 7.1 innings (2.45 ERA) across his final six outings before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on May 20.

In nine games with the Red Wings, Harris went 1-2 with a 8.10 ERA. He was placed on the Injured List on June 10 and was activated on July 22. Harris allowed two earned runs on three hits in 3.1 innings across three outings prior to being recalled. 

Harris enjoyed his best professional season in 2022, leading International League pitchers (min. 50.0 IP) and ranking second in Milwaukee’s Minor League system in ERA (2.04) and opponents’ batting average (.164).

Williams, 31, is 5-6 with a 4.72 ERA in 22 starts for the Nationals this season.

Wells to Bowie as Krehbiel joins Orioles, Barzardo DFA

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of RHP Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 52.
  • Optioned RHP Tyler Wells to Double-A Bowie after yesterday’s game.
  • Designated RHP Eduard Bazardo for assignment.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Orioles place Hicks on IL, recall McKenna

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled OF Ryan McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day Injured List with a left hamstring strain.

Orioles Announce 2024 Spring Training Schedule

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The Orioles today announced their 2024 Grapefruit League schedule, which is slated to begin Saturday, February 24, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. against the Boston Red Sox. The club’s 2024 spring schedule features 16 home games, including eight weekend games.

The O’s will face nine different opponents during Grapefruit League play, with 13 of the club’s 32 games against American League East divisional rivals – Boston Red Sox (3 games; 2 at home), New York Yankees (2 games; 1 at home), Tampa Bay Rays (4 games; 2 at home), and Toronto Blue Jays (4 games; 2 at home).

The Orioles will play a spring-high six games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, three of which will be at Ed Smith Stadium. Baltimore will also host the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and Philadelphia Phillies during the 2024 Spring Training slate.

The team’s 16-game road schedule features three games at the Braves and Pirates, two games at the Blue Jays, Rays, and Twins, and one game at the Phillies, Red Sox, Tigers, and Yankees.

The 2024 season will mark the Orioles’ 15th Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 14th season at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

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Orioles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of 1983 World Series title

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The Orioles will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1983 World Series title with a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, August 5, prior to the 7:05 p.m. ET game against the New York Mets. The pregame ceremony will feature returning players of the 1983 championship team, including Orioles Legends and National Baseball Hall of Famers EDDIE MURRAYJIM PALMER, and CAL RIPKEN, JR.

The first 20,000 fans, 15 and over attending Saturday’s game will also receive an EDDIE MURRAY 1983 World Series bobblehead, presented by Royal Farms.

In addition to Murray, Palmer, and Ripken, over 20 members of the 1983 World Champion Orioles have already confirmed their attendance, including MIKE BODDICKER, AL BUMBRY, STORM DAVIS, RICK DEMPSEY, DAN FORD, GLENN GULLIVER, TITO LANDRUM, DENNIS MARTINEZ, TIPPY MARTINEZ, SCOTT McGREGOR, PAUL MIRABELLA, DAN MOROGIELLO, ALLAN RAMIREZ, GARY ROENICKE, LENN SAKATA, JOHN SHELBY, KEN SINGLETON, JOHN STEFERO, and BILL SWAGGERTY.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:20 p.m. to enjoy the ceremony. To purchase tickets for the August 5 game, please visit Orioles.com/tickets.

Murray and additional members of the 1983 team, along with the Oriole Bird, will participate in a clinic at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 50 local Baltimore City youth from The Weinberg Y in Waverly, providing instruction on the fundamentals of baseball.

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Orioles activate Fujinami, option Gillaspie

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Activated RHP Shintaro Fujinami. He will wear No. 14.
  • Optioned RHP Logan Gillaspie to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles acquire Shintaro Fujinami from Athletics

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The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher SHINTARO FUJINAMI from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher EASTON LUCAS.

Fujinami, 29, is 5-8 with an 8.57 ERA (47 ER/49.1 IP) with 52 hits, 48 total runs, six home runs, 30 walks (1 IBB), five hit batters, and 51 strikeouts in 34 games (7 starts) this season. After opening the year in the rotation, he was transitioned to a reliever in late April. Since June 1, he has a 3.26 ERA (7 ER/19.1 IP) with 17 hits, two home runs, six walks, one hit batter, and 20 strikeouts in 17 games (3 starts). All three of those starts after moving to the bullpen were 1.0 inning or less. 

A native of Sakai, Japan, Fujinami signed with the A’s as a free agent on January 13, 2023 after pitching 10 professional seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was a three-time NPB All-Star from 2013-15.

Fujinami, pronounced shin-TAR-oh foo-jee-NAH-mee, will be the second Japanese-born player in Orioles history, joining Koji Uehara from 2009-11.

Lucas, 26, was 1-0 with one save and a 2.93 ERA (10 ER/30.2 IP) with 19 hits, 11 total runs, six home runs, 13 walks, and 38 strikeouts in 21 combined games between Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie this season. He made his Triple-A debut with the Tides on June 9. Born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lucas was acquired by the O’s from Miami for infielder Jonathan Villar on December 2, 2019. He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 14th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University (CA).

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Nationals select the contract of Rico Garcia

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The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia on Wednesday. Additionally, the Nationals placed right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino on the 15-day Injured List with a flexor strain of his fourth right finger and transferred catcher Israel Pineda to the 60-day Injured List. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Garcia, 29, went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.93 ERA in 24 relief appearances between Triple-A Las Vegas (OAK) and Triple-A Rochester. He struck out 36 batters and held the opposition to a .182 average. This marks his third Major League stint of the season after appearing in seven games out of Oakland’s bullpen. He pitched to an 8.31 ERA with six strikeouts with the Athletics.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Garcia has appeared in 27 games (one start) across four Major League seasons. He is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA with Oakland (2023), Baltimore (2022), San Francisco (2020) and Colorado (2019).

Garcia was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Hawaii Pacific University.

Espino, 36, has appeared in three games out of Washington’s bullpen, pitching to a 24.75 ERA.

Orioles sign 15 players from 2023 draft

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The Orioles have signed the following players from the 2023 First-Year Player Draft:

RHP Kiefer Lord (Rd. 3, No. 86 overall)

OF Tavian Josenberger (Rd. 3, No. 100 overall)

RHP Levi Wells (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall)

OF Jake Cunningham (Rd. 5, No. 154 overall)

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Gillaspie recalled, Mullins to IL

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed OF Cedric Mullins on the 10-day Injured List with a right adductor groin strain, retroactive to July 16.

Abrams NL Player of the Week

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Following a weekend in which he went 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, triple, RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored, Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams has been named National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Abrams, 22, has recorded five straight multi-hit efforts and has hit safely in all six games since being installed as Washington’s leadoff hitter. Only two other players have posted at least five straight multi-hit games from the leadoff spot in Major League Baseball this season (BAL A. Hays, 7; MIA L. Arraez, 5).

Abrams has posted a .500 on-base percentage and is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts from the top of the Nationals lineup. On Saturday at St. Louis, he became the first player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record at least one stolen base in five straight games.

Beyond this weekend, Abrams has been one of the top players in the National League over the last month. Since June 19, he ranks in the National League in stolen bases (T2nd, 10), batting average (3rd, .368), OPS (5th, .994), hits (T7th, 28), runs (T7th, 18) and slugging percentage (10th, .579). He is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts over this span and has not been caught stealing in his last 13 attempts dating to May 4 vs. Chicago (NL).

Roster moves include Harvey to IL, waiver claim from Braves

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The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

·       Returned left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin from the Paternity List

·       Recalled left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa from Triple-A Rochester

·       Claimed right-handed pitcher Roddery Muñoz off waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester

·       Optioned right-handed pitcher Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester

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Orioles recall Rodriguez, option Bazardo

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Grayson Rodriguez from Triple-A Norfolk. He will start tonight’s game.
  • Optioned RHP Eduard Bazardo to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Orioles complete 2023 draft

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The Baltimore Orioles made 10 selections on Day Three of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 11-20. This year, the Orioles selected 22 players overall: 13 pitchers and nine position players, with 20 of the selections being college athletes and two from the high school ranks. The Orioles selected 12 right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, six outfielders, two infielders, and one catcher.

 

ROUND       PLAYER                           POS      SCHOOL                                                     HOMETOWN                    D.O.B.                              HT         WT                                                              B/T                                                               Scout

1 (17)              Enrique Bradfield Jr.            CF             Vanderbilt University (TN)                                     Hialeah, FL                           12/2/2001                                6-1           170                                                                                  L/L                                                                                 Friedrich

2 (53)              Mac Horvath                            OF            University of North Carolina                                  Rochester, MN                           1/28/2002                                6-1           195                                                                                  R/R                                                                                 Boyd

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Nationals select 10 players on the third day of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft

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The Washington Nationals selected 10 players on the third day of Major League Baseball’s 2023 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.

The Nationals kicked off Tuesday’s action by selecting right-handed pitcher Gavin Adams from Indian River State College (FL) in the 11th round. In his second year in junior college, Adams went 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA and one save. He struck out 44 in 26.1 innings

In the 12th round, Washington selected right-handed pitcher Travis Sthele from the University of Texas. He went 3-5 with a 5.75 ERA and one save in 15 games (10 starts) for the Longhorns in 2023. He struck out 66 in 61.0 innings. 

With their 13th-round pick, the Nationals selected left-handed pitcher Liam Sullivan from the University of Georgia. Sullivan led the Bulldogs with a 5-2 record and 5.77 ERA in 14 starts. He worked 64.0 innings and struck out 75. His 2023 resume includes wins over national champion LSU (May 10: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 SO) and No. 10 Kentucky (April 9: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 SO). He also threw 7.0 hitless innings with 11 strikeouts against Princeton.

Washington selected outfielder Elijah Nunez from Texas Christian University in the 14th round. Nunez hit .289 with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 36 RBI, 36 walks, 20 stolen bases and 59 runs scored while patrolling center field as a junior in 2023. He had two three-hit games in the conference tournament, earning All-Big 12 Tournament honors.

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Orioles select nine players on second day of draft

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The Baltimore Orioles today made nine selections on Day Two of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 3-10. The Orioles started the day by selecting right-handed pitcher KIEFER LORD at No. 86 overall from the University of Washington. The Orioles also selected outfielder TAVIAN JOSENBERGER at No. 100 overall from the University of Arkansas, right-handed pitcher LEVI WELLS at No. 118 overall from Texas State University, outfielder JAKE CUNNINGHAM at No. 154 overall from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, right-handed pitcher JACOB CRAVEY at No. 181 overall from Samford University (AL), right-handed pitcher TEDDY SHARKEY at No. 211 overall from Coastal Carolina University (SC), right-handed pitcher BRAXTON BRAGG at No. 241 overall from Dallas Baptist University (TX), right-handed pitcher ZACH FRUIT at No. 271 overall from Troy University (AL), and outfielder MATTHEW ETZEL at No. 301 overall from Southern Mississippi University.

Lord, 21, sported a 6-5 record with a 6.19 ERA (52 ER/75.2 IP) and 78 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Huskies during his junior season. He earned an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention nod after leading the conference in K/BB ratio (4.59) and BB/9 (2.02). Lord was named Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week by Perfect Game and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after tossing 6.0 perfect innings with 10 strikeouts on March 4 against Northern Colorado. He was again honored as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after working 8.0 scoreless frames on three hits with 10 punchouts on April 22 at No. 9 Stanford. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. A California native, Lord attended Menlo High School in Atherton, Calif. He was ranked as the No. 127 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline

Josenberger, 21, slashed .286/.414/.490 (55-for-192) with nine doubles, 10 home runs, 51 runs scored, 33 RBI, 41 walks, and 13 stolen bases in 52 games during his junior season for the Razorbacks. He paced the team in stolen bases and finished second on the team with 19 multi-hit games. Earned All-SEC Defensive Team honors after logging a perfect fielding percentage in 137 total chances, recording a team-leading seven outfield assists and helping to turn five double plays. He was named SEC Player of the Week on April 3 after helping power the Hogs to a 3-1 week, including an SEC weekend series win against Alabama, slashing .571/.657/1.143 (8-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored, and six RBI. Josenberger spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Kansas. He attended Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. He was ranked as the No. 156 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Wells, 21, pitched to an 8-4 record with a 5.02 ERA (45 ER/80.2 IP) and a team-high 98 strikeouts in 14 starts for the Bobcats during his junior season, earning a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team as a result. He was also tabbed as a preseason Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game, and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Wells was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete game with a career-high 13 strikeouts on April 14 vs. Marshall. He was also recognized as the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week after working 5.0 scoreless innings on two hits with three walks and nine punchouts on February 17 vs. Northwestern, his 2023 debut. Wells spent his freshman season at Texas Tech University. He attended La Porte High School in his hometown of La Porte, Texas. He was ranked as the No. 96 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Cunningham, 21, slashed .267/.359/.519 (50-for-187) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 40 runs scored, 41 RBI, 25 walks, and one stolen base in 49 appearances (47 starts) during his junior season for the 49ers. During his sophomore season in 2022, he played and started in center field in all but one of Charlotte's 58 games. slashed .304/.410/.595 (69-for-227) with 12 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs, 38 walks, 16 stolen bases, and 52 RBI. Cunningham launched his second grand slam of the season in the Conference USA Tournament against Middle Tennessee on May 26, 2022. He earned C-USA Hitter of the Week on May 16, 2022. Cunningham attended Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C. He was ranked as the No. 147 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.

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Nationals select eight players on second day of draft

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The Washington Nationals selected eight players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2023 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.

The Nationals kicked off Monday’s action by selecting right-handed pitcher Travis Sykora from Round Rock High School (TX) in the third round. As a senior, Sykora struck out 108 batters in 58.0 innings, allowed just seven earned runs on 22 hits (1.09 ERA) and issued only 15 walks. He was ranked the No. 36 draft prospect by Baseball America and the No. 40 draft prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He was ranked the No. 29 overall prospect by Perfect Game and the No. 5 right-handed pitching prospect. Perfect Game also ranked him the No. 2 prospect from the state of Texas and top right-handed pitching prospect in the state.

Sykora was a 2023 First-Team High School All-American by Baseball America and was selected to participate in the 2022 Perfect Game All-American Classic.

In the fourth round, Washington selected outfielder Andrew Pinckney from the University of Alabama. Pinckney hit .339 with 12 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 58 RBI, 40 walks and 55 runs scored for the Crimson Tide in 2023. Following his junior season, he was named First-Team American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Southeast Region and Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference.

With their fifth-round pick, the Nationals selected shortstop Marcus Brown from Oklahoma State University. Brown hit .273 with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 36 RBI, 14 walks and three stolen bases during his junior season.

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