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MLB Draft to feature lots of locals

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MLB Draft to feature lots of locals

Last year we saw Bethesda, MD-native and University of Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen get selected second overall in the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. While no local baseball players are projected to go that high this year, there are some who many draft experts expect to be selected in tonights draft.

Allan Simpson PerfectGame.com has compiled a list of hundreds of MLB draft prospects and sorted them by where they call home. Here are the top 20 players from the mid-Atlantic region as ranked by Perfect Game USA.

1. Branden Kline RHP U. of Virginia Frederick, MD 1st round
2. Nathan Kirby LHPOF James River HS Richmond, VA 2nd round
3. Eddie Butler RHP Radford Chesapeake, VA 2nd round
4. Chris Taylor SS U. of Virginia Virginia Beach, VA 2nd round
5. Blake Hauser RHP VCU Midlothian, VA 3rd round
6. Damion Carroll RHP King George HS Richmond, VA 3rd round
7. Stephen Bruno SS3B U. of Virginia Audobon, NJ - 4th round
8. Josh Sborz RHP McLean HS McLean, VA 4th round
9. Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Lynchburg, VA 4th round
10. Andrew Rash OF Virginia Tech Anderson, SC 5th round
11. Anthony Montefusco RHP1B George Mason Medford, NJ 5th round
12. Jack Wynkoop LHP Cape Henry HS Virginia Beach, VA 5th round
13. Josh Henderson OF home schooled Suffolk, VA 5th round
14. Zak Wasilewski LHPOF Tazewell HS Tazewell, VA 6th round
15. Michael Taylor RHP Christ Church HS Urbana, VA 7th round
16. Michael Boyden RHP Maryland La Plata, MD 10th round
17. Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Oak Hill, VA 11th round
18. Mike Garza 3BSS Georgetown San Antonio, TX 15th round
19. Rand Ravnaas OF Georgetown Fort Worth, TX 18th round
20. Ryan Farrar LHP VCU Mechanicsville, VA 20th round

Virginias Branden Kline is the only player projected as a first round pick and even that is up for debate. He will likely go late first round or possibly as a sandwich pick. Nathan Kirby has committed to play at the University of Virginia and it will be interesting to see which path he chooses. The Virginia Baseball Player of the Year signed a National Letter of Intent and looks likely to be a Cavalier.

One other interesting note is that Gilman High School star Ryan Ripken, son of Cal, is expected to be picked in the later rounds. He has, however, committed to play at South Carolina and will be there in the fall.

The Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft is a three-day event that begins tonight. For all your post-draft analysis on who the Nationals pick check back on CSNwashington.com and NatsInsider.com.

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MLB Power Rankings: The Royals arrived, just in time

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MLB Power Rankings: The Royals arrived, just in time

Just when everyone was writing the 2016 Kansas City Royals' obituary, they win 9 in a row and plant themselves in the thick of the playoff race. It's possibly the most Royals thing in the world to do. How did the other teams fare? To the rankings! 

30. Atlanta Braves (LW: 30)

Adios, Jeff Francoeur. 

29. Minnesota Twins (LW: 29)

It's still weird to think that before this season, people thought they'd be a playoff team. 

28.  Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 28)

Matt Wisler looked dominant in his almost-no-hitter of the Diamondbacks. 

27. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 25) 

The Joey Votto offseason trade rumors are starting to heat up! 

26. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (LW: 26)

Are there really rumors that the Angels are the team seriously looking into Tim Tebow?

SEE THE REST OF THE RANKINGS HERE

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Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Nats make the traded they needed

Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Nats make the traded they needed

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On this week's episode of 'Baseball in the District,' Tim Murray and I began by breaking down the Nats' recent trade for lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski, how he will fit in their bullpen and how much they potentially miss Max Schrock, the prospect that they gave up.

We then discussed Katie Ledecky's appearance at Nationals Park and her interview with the media. That got us talking about the most awkward experiences we've ever had with famous people.

Also in this week's episode was talk about Trea Turner's impact this season and whether he is currently the Nats' most complete player. Mixed in is our thoughts about the Beltway Series and why the O's have had the Nats' number.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

You can listen to the show on ESPN 980's website or download the show on iTunes.

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Marc Rzepczynski excited to join Nationals in middle of pennant race

Marc Rzepczynski excited to join Nationals in middle of pennant race

The Nationals announced they had activated reliever Marc Rzepczynski to their roster at 5 p.m. on Thursday, yet at that time the lefty was 30,000 feet in the air. He was on a cross country flight, having left after a delay from San Francisco. 

He eventually landed at Dulles Airport in Sterling, Va. and made the drive to 1500 South Capitol St., where the Nats were in the middle of game against the Baltimore Orioles. Rzepczynski threw his jersey on and got right to work, even warming up in the eighth inning for a potential debut with his new team.

That debut did not happen, it will have to wait at least one more day, but Rzepczynski was thrilled to be with his new team, a first-place club, after coming over from the 55-72 Oakland Athletics.

"It's amazing. At the end of the day, with a team that's losing, your'e making plans for the offseason already. Then, all of a sudden, hopefully I have a chance to play in October," Rzepczynski said. "It was one of those where it reminded me a lot of '11 when I was with the Cardinals. Being traded at the deadline, then all of a sudden winning the World Series. So, hopefully I'll have the same thing happen here."

Rzepczynski actually found out he was traded on Wednesday. Like Mark Melancon, whom the Nats traded for in July before the deadline, Rzepczynski heard the news after awaking from a nap.

"I'm excited. Little bit in shock. I've been traded, now this is my fifth time. Three times at the deadline. This one got me a little bit. I was quite shocked yesterday. I was actually taking a nap when this happened. We had a day game, so I was just relaxing," he said. "I'm definitely happy to be here. To go from a team that's struggling a little bit to a team that's in first place. What else would you ask for at this time of the year?"

Rzepczynski joined the Nationals in a deal that sent infield prospect Max Schrock and cash to the Athletics. The Nats brought in some help for their bullpen, hoping Rzepczynski can deepen and balance out their relief staff.

Rzepczynski - who has a 3.00 ERA in 56 games this season - described in detail what type of pitcher the Nats just acquired.

"For me, it's just sinker inside or away to lefties. That's not a secret. Every lefty, now that I've been in the AL twice and the NL now three times too, they know what they're facing. I'm just going to go out there and compete and do my job. I was struggling earlier getting lefties out. I feel like I'm back now. I feel like I'm ready," he said.

Rzepczynski is likely to make his Nationals debut this weekend against the Colorado Rockies. He's arrived just in time, as the Rockies boast several dangerous left-handed batters including Carlos Gonzalez, D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon. More sinkers inside.

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