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Nationals select four players on first day of MLB's First-Year Player Draft06/10/2009 12:41 AM ET
The Washington Nationals today selected right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg (first round/first overall), right-handed pitcher Drew Storen (first round/10th overall), infielder Jeffrey Kobernus (second round/50th overall) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Holder (third round/81st overall) on the first day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo and Nationals Director of Scouting Dana Brown made the joint announcement.
"We are extremely satisfied with the players we selected today in the Draft," said Rizzo. "We feel we have accomplished many of our pre-Draft goals of obtaining front-line talent and impact players for the Nationals organization."
Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA (16 ER/109.0 IP) in 15 starts as a junior for San Diego State University this year. Known for a strong blend of velocity and control, he fanned an NCAA-best 195 in 109 innings this season, or 16.1 K's per nine innings (tops in NCAA), en route to a 10.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Strasburg did not issue more than two walks in any game this season, and walked one or fewer batter in 10 of 15 starting assignments. In three collegiate seasons, Strasburg went 22-7 with seven saves and a 1.59 ERA (43 ER/243.1 IP) in 52 games.
One of college baseball's premier closers, Storen dominated his competition in '09, going 7-1 with seven saves and a 3.80 ERA in 28 appearances with Stanford University. In 42 2/3 innings of relief work, he tallied 66 strikeouts (13.9 strikeouts per nine innings) with only eight walks for an 8.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. During his pair of seasons with the Cardinal, Storen went a combined 12-4 with 15 saves and a 3.64 ERA in 59 appearances. In 99 frames, he logged 116 strikeouts and issued just 23 walks for a 5.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
A hard-nosed infielder with speed, Kobernus hit at a .341 (74-for-217) clip as a junior at the University of California-Berkeley in '09. He ranked second in the Pac-10 with 20 stolen bases and posted 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 53 games. Over his three seasons with the Bears, he batted .324 with 50 extra-bases (12 HR), 89 RBIs and 44 stolen bases in 161 contests. Kobernus was one of three Cal players selected among the Draft's first 56 picks, with outfielders Brett Jackson (31st overall by Chicago-NL) and Blake Smith (56th overall by Los Angeles-NL).
Holder -- a strike thrower with a bulldog attitude -- went 7-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 starts as a senior at the University of Georgia in '09. He logged a .259 batting average against and tallied 72 strikeouts in 92.1 innings for an average of seven strikeouts per nine innings. During his four-season collegiate career, he won 22 games and fanned 223 batters in 313.2 innings.
The three-day Draft will continue on Wednesday at noon with rounds 4-30. The final 20 rounds will be completed on Thursday.
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