Nationals are on the Clock

Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 09:50 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pistol

The Nationals went 1-9 down the stretch to 'win' the first pick in next year's draft over the Mariners and Padres.

The top player in the draft is Stephen Strasburg, a RHP out of San Diego St who put some big numbers this year.  The Nationals will also have an extra pick at #10 for their failure to sign Aaron Crow this year.  Given their struggle to get Crow signed it'll be interesting to see how they deal with the top pick, particularly since he's represented by Boras.

The Jays will pick either 18th or 19th in the draft as they had the same record as the Cardinals.  Given that the Cardinals won the World Series recently and picked Brett Wallace ahead of the Jays this year the Cards should let the Jays go first.

Of course if the Jays go and sign a free agent tied to compensation they would give up their first pick, but I'd be fairly surprised if that happened.


For those of you wondering, the minor league crew is working on the Top 30 prospect list and you should expect to see that sometime next week.