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2018 Nats Draft Picks in the CWS Super Regionals


For your weekend viewing, here’s a quick glance at the CWS Super Regional match-ups with the Nats draft picks still playing

Super Regional Nats Draftee list

Lots of top-end draft picks will be playing this weekend, just ahead of the MLB draft which starts on 6/12/17.  By Super Regional:

  • #5 Arkansas vs South Carolina: 10th rounder Carson Shaddy, the Arkansas starting 2B as well as our 15th rounder Evan Lee, a role-player on the team this year.
  • Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt: 3rd rounder Reid Schaller and 7th rounder Chandler Day, both working out of Vanderbilt’s rotation.

I’m favoring both Arkansas and Vanderbilt to win these series and continue to Omaha, not good news for these four guys in terms of getting them into a short-season squad.  Going to Omaha probably means we don’t see these guys until July.  At best case (a 2-and-out in Omaha) a player isn’t done playing until June 18th or so, while making the CWS finals extends their season until potentially June 27th.   You’d have to think these guys aren’t even thinking about meeting with the team to negotiate/sign deals until they’re done playing, then need a mental break/vacation before starting.  Heck, we didn’t even see some of our CWS-playing draft picks *play* for us last year (Cole Freeman, our 4th rounder, signed on July 7th after his college team LSU made the CWS finals … then debuted in Hagerstown in April of this  year).

Nonetheless; if you want to eyeball our new players, these are the games to watch.

Written by Todd Boss

June 8th, 2018 at 10:00 am

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  1. Uh oh, Stras possibly hurt, Hellickson already out for a couple of weeks. EJax just signed with the A’s two days ago. Fedde, who pitched last night for Syracuse, presumably is the next man up. With an ERA of 4.76, WHIP of 1.48, and avg against a frightening .307, he hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire. There aren’t too many other options, though. Milone has finally strung together a couple of good starts in June after struggling most of the year.


    9 Jun 18 at 8:21 am

  2. Bryce in CF! Hope Todd is watching. Really, it makes the most sense.


    9 Jun 18 at 12:22 pm

  3. Ha. Well, I guess that’s what was best. Eaton in RF is a defensive monster (19.9 UZR/150 and 22 DRS in his last full season there, which are amazing:

    I guess Soto is not CF ready. Lets hope Harper is because this is the lineup I want to see through October.

    Todd Boss

    9 Jun 18 at 12:46 pm

  4. Bryce in CF. Finally! He looks ok out there.


    9 Jun 18 at 2:59 pm

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