Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman becomes first player drafted by Nationals

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June 7, 2005 – Ryan Zimmerman is the first draft selection in the history of the Nationals, the fourth overall selection out of the University of Virginia.

A three-year starting shortstop for UVA, Zimmerman started in 174 games and collected 250 hits, 140 RBIs, 128 runs, 47 doubles, seven triples and nine home runs. Zimmerman established the school record of hits in a season with 90 in 2004, breaking his own record with 92 in 2005.

And speaking of the draft – in a few days we will be introduced to the newest members of the Nationals. The Nationals hold the 28th and 29th overall selections in the 2016 MLB Draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 9. Make sure to check it out on MLB Network and check back here for updates later in the week!

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