The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 24 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Here’s a rundown of the latest players to join the Nationals organization (signed players in bold):
RD PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 (18) Erick Fedde RHP University of Nevada-Las Vegas
2 (57) Andrew Suarez LHP University of Miami (FL)
3 (93) Jakson Reetz C Norris (NE) High School
4 (124) Robbie Dickey RHP Blinn (TX) Junior College
5 (154) Drew Van Orden RHP Duke (NC) University
6 (184) Austen Williams RHP Texas State University
7 (214) Dale Carey CF University of Miami (FL)
8 (244) Jeff Gardner LF University of Louisville (KY)
9 (274) Austin Byler 1B University of Nevada-Reno
10 (304) Matthew Page RF Oklahoma Baptist University
11 (334) Weston Davis RHP Manatee (FL) High School
12 (364) Domenick Mancini RHP Miami (FL) Dade CC
13 (394) Austin Davidson 3B Pepperdine (CA) University
14 (424) James Bourque RHP University of Michigan
15 (454) Ryan Ripken 1B Indian River (FL) State Junior College
16 (484) Cole Plouck LHP Pima (AZ) Community College
17 (514) Alec Keller CF Princeton (NJ) University
18 (544) McKenzie Mills LHP Sprayberry (GA) High School
19 (574) Clay Williamson RF Cal State – Fullerton
20 (604) Bryan Langlois RF Pepperdine (CA) University
21 (634) Connor Bach LHP Virginia Military Institute
22 (664) Daniel Salters C Dallas (TX) Baptist University
23 (694) Chris Riopedre SS East Tennessee State University
24 (724) Kyle Simmons RHP Texas Lutheran University
25 (754) Kyle Bacak C Texas Christian University
26 (784) Chase McDowell RHP Rice (TX) University
27 (814) Conor Keniry SS Wake Forest (NC) University
28 (844) Kida De La Cruz RHP Volunteer State (TN) CC
29 (874) D.J. Jauss RHP University of Massachusetts
30 (904) Tyler Mapes RHP Tulane (LA) University
31 (934) Samuel Johns RHP University of Evansville (IN)
32 (964) Elliott Cary CF Clackamas (OR) High School
33 (994) Clay Casey CF DeSoto Central (MS) High School
34 (1024 Evan Skoug C Libertyville (IL) High School
35 (1054) Tommy Doyle RHP Flint Hill (VA) School
36 (1054) John Henry Styles LHP Episcopal (TX) High School
37 (1114) Quinn Brodey LHP Loyola (CA) High School
38 (1144) Stuart Fairchild RF Seattle (WA) Prep
39 (1174) John Littell OF Stillwater (OK) High School
40 (1204) Jacob Hill LHP Orange Coast (CA) CC
Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark recently stopped by the Main Clubhouse Team Store for the first installment of Clubhouse Threads.
Tanner and his wife, Amanda, enjoyed a private shopping spree, choosing a number of unique gifts for various members of their family. All of the products they selected can be found in the Main Clubhouse Team Store located outside of Center Field Plaza at Nationals Park.
The Main Clubhouse Team Store is accessible throughout the year. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, on non-gamedays. On evening (7:05 p.m.) gamedays, the Main Clubhouse Team Store will open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. to the public.
For more information about all of the Clubhouse Team Store locations at Nationals Park, visit nationals.com/stores.
Potomac claimed the Carolina League Northern Division first-half title with a 38-31 record, besting Lynchburg (ATL) by 4.5 games. Hagerstown finished in a tie with Greensboro (MIA) for their division crown, however Greensboro was granted the title via tiebreaker.
Team success often garners individual honors, and, as such, both Hagerstown and Carolina will be well-represented in each team’s league All-Star Games.
A quick look at the players and coaches representing their clubs, as well as the Nationals organization, is below:
South Atlantic League
All-Star Game: June 17, 2014 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina (Hickory Crawdads)
Patrick Anderson – Manager
- Led Hagerstown to a 44-26 first-half record.
Sam Narron – Pitching Coach
- Suns hurlers posted a 3.78 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP (5th in the SAL) through the season’s first half.
Luis Ordaz – Hitting Coach
- Suns hitters rank in in the top four in the SAL in stolen bases (1st, 118), triples (T1st, 24), runs scored (3rd, 359), hitting (3rd, .272), and RBI (4th, 318).
Spencer Kieboom – C
- Hit .319 with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 23 RBI and 24 runs scored in 37 games. At 2.2 plate appearances/team game, he falls just short of qualifying to be amongst the SAL leaders (2.7 PA/G).
Wilmer Difo – 2B
- Leads the Suns in batting average (.308), doubles (tied, 16), triples (4), home runs (7) and RBI (54). His 31 stolen bases lead the South Atlantic Leaguer and are tied for fifth-most in all of Minor League Baseball.
John Wooten — UTIL
- Hit .288 with 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 39 RBI and 36 runs scored in 60 games for the Suns.
Nick Pivetta — RHP
- Tied for the South Atlantic League lead with eight wins, he is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 12 games/11 starts for the Suns.
Austin Voth — RHP
- Voth is second in the the SAL in WHIP (1.05) and ranks among SAL pitchers in ERA (6th, 2.45) and strikeouts (3rd, 74). He has posted a 4-3 record in 13 starts this season.
Jake Walsh — LHP
- Has posted a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25.0 IP) and a 1.00 WHIP in 19 appearances out of the Suns’ bullpen.
All-Star Game: June 17, 2014 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware (Wilmington Blue Rocks)
Stephen Perez — INF
- Leads the P-Nats in runs scored (42, 6th in Car. League) and stolen bases (18, 6th in Car. League) while ranking second on the club with 16 doubles. Perez is hitting .299 (7th in the Car. League) with one triple, one home run and 30 RBI in 64 games this season.
Shawn Pleffner — INF
- Leads qualified Potomac Nationals and ranks fifth in the Carolina League with a .312 batting average. Pleffner has clubbed 14 doubles and two home runs, while driving in 21 and scoring 23 runs for the Nationals this season.
Derek Self — RHP
- Is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA (5 ER/26.2 IP) in 17 appearances out of the bullpen. Self has recorded 30 strikeouts and posted a 0.90 WHIP along the way. He was recently promoted to Double-A Harrisburg.