The Washington Nationals selected eight players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2022 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 third baseman Trey Lipscomb from the University of Tennessee. Lipscomb hit .355 as a senior in 2022 while leading the Southeastern Conference and ranking fifth nationally with 80 RBI. He ranked in the top five in the conference in slugging percentage (2nd, .717), total bases (2nd, 180), home runs (4th, 22) and runs scored (4th, 68) en route to being named First-Team All-SEC.
In 2022, Lipscomb was a First-Team NCBWA All-American, Second-Team ABCA All-American, Second-Team Baseball America All-American, Second-Team Collegiate Baseball All-American, Third-Team D1Baseball.com All-American and a Third-Team Perfect Game All-American. He was also a Dick Howser Trophy finalist and Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist.
In the fourth round, Washington selected outfielder Brenner Cox from Rock Hill High School in Frisco, Texas. Cox hit .288 with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 19 RBI, 31 walks, 30 strikeouts, 26 stolen bases and 29 runs scored during his senior season at Rock Hill. He was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 2 prep outfielder in the state of Texas. Following the 2021 season, Cox was named Texas All-State and a Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
With their fifth-round pick, the Nationals selected outfielder Jared McKenzie from Baylor University where is he the school’s all-time leader in batting average (.389). In 2022, McKenzie was second in the Big 12 with a .383 batting average, 82 hits and 62 runs scored. He hit 10 home runs, 44 RBI, 14 doubles and four triples. McKenzie led Baylor with 134 total bases, a .626 slugging percentage and a .453 on-base percentage. He also produced 30 multi-hit games, tied for second all-time for a Baylor player in a single season.
Washington selected shortstop Nathaniel Ochoa Leyva from Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. In 2022, he hit .421 with four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI. He posted a .558 on-base percentage and walked 13 times while striking out just five times. He was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 1 prep shortstop in the province of Ontario and was a member of the 2021 Canadian Junior National Team.
Ochoa Leyva participated in the 2022 MLB Draft League where hit .224 with three doubles, seven RBI, and stole two bases for the Trenton Thunder.
In the seventh round, the Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Riley Cornelio from Texas Christian University. In 2022, he was 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 15 starts for the Horned Frogs. He struck out 77 in 70.0 innings and limited opponents to 63 hits.
With their eighth-round pick, the Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Chance Huff from Georgia Tech. As a junior in 2022, Huff was 5-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 16 games, 15 starts. He struck out 74 in 68.1 innings.
Washington selected catcher Maxwell Romero Jr. from the University of Miami in the ninth round. Romero hit .272 with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 59 games in 2022.
In the 10th round, the Nationals selected third baseman Murphy Stehly from the University of Texas. As a redshirt senior in 2022, he hit .367 with 23 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 61 RBI on his way to being named First-Team All-Big 12 and Second-Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.
Over the first two days of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals selected 10 players: two right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, three outfielders and three infielders. Of Washington’s 10 selections, seven came from four-year universities and three from the high school ranks.
RD PICK PLAYER POS B/T HT WT DOB SCHOOL SCOUT
1 5 Elijah Green OF R/R 6-3 225 12/3/03 IMG Academy (FL) Alex Morales
2 45 Jake Bennett LHP L/L 6-6 234 12/2/00 University of Oklahoma Cody Staab
3 84 Trey Lipscomb 3B R/R 6-1 200 6/14/00 University of Tennessee Brian Cleary
4 111 Brenner Cox OF L/R 6-3 195 5/11/04 Rock Hill HS (TX) Cody Staab
5 142 Jared McKenzie OF L/L 6-0 180 5/16/01 Baylor University Cody Staab
6 171 Nathaniel Ochoa LeyvaSS R/R 6-4 215 5/15/03 Notre Dame Catholic SS (ON) Scott Ramsay
7 201 Riley Cornelio RHP R/R 6-3 195 6/6/00 Texas Christian University Cody Staab
8 231 Chance Huff RHP R/R 6-4 220 4/19/00 Georgia Tech Tommy Jackson
9 261 Maxwell Romero Jr. C R/R 6-1 218 4/29/01 University of Miami Alex Morales
10 291 Murphy Stehly 3B R/R 5-10 205 9/27/98 University of Texas Kevin Ham