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Friday, June 8, 2007

The draft

Yesterday the Nationals had an exciting day in the 2007 player draft. I don't really have much to say about it, and I know that MUCH better baseball observers than myself have analyzed the Nats picks to the nth degree and commented upon the day's events in thorough fashion.

One need look no further than the excellent Nats Farm Authority for such thorough, insightful and detailed analysis.

The Washington Post's Tom Boswell wrote a very nice column about it, too.

I haven't had a lot of time to really digest all of this yet, but what I'm taking away from this year's draft so far is VERY positive feelings. General Manager Jim Bowden sounded elated at what his draft team had accomplished and the players chosen yesterday sound as though they will either be great contributors in the future or make for wonderful trade-bait. Now, of course, comes the task of actually signing these guys before August 15th.

The Nats very first pick was southpaw pitcher Ross Detweiler, out of Missouri. From what I've read about him, I hope that we can actually see him play for the Nats in 2008, as Jim Bowden predicts he might. Detweiler sounds terrific, as one would expect.

Congratulations to Jim Bowden and all of his draft team for all of their hard work to grow the future of our beloved ballclub.

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