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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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This year's Nationals roster is stacked with glorious facial hair

This year's Nationals roster is stacked with glorious facial hair

The following is a list of things the 2017 Washington Nationals appear to have: A talented outfield led by Bryce Harper and Adam Eaton. A rising superstar at shortstop in Trea Turner. A possibly major hole at closer.

The following is a list of things the 2017 Washington Nationals appear to not have: Razors. Shaving cream. A desire to groom their faces.

A fun tradition at each team's spring training is the annual photo day, because photo day forces professional athletes to pose in front of cameras like they're being featured in the poster of an upcoming blockbuster movie. And after poring through the snapshots from the Nationals' photo day, a single trend emerged.

This year's team is a hairy bunch.

Among that bunch are the usual suspects, such as Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth:

But there are some surprises, most notably of which is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander tends to keep his mug 100-percent clean-shaven, but for now, at least, he's allowed his face to become quite fertile:

Then there's newcomer Adam Lind, who has a goatee that Duke's Blue Devil logo would be forced to respect:

Shawn Kelley, meanwhile, who's pictured below, has a beard that looks like...

...Derek Norris' beard, before Derek Norris' beard hit puberty and grew up to be the strong, mature beard it is today:

There are scraggly ones, such as Daniel Murphy's:

And fuller, more complete ones, like Eaton's (full marks, by the way, for the trade acquisition's ability to seamlessly connect 'stache to beard):

The most wild photo of all, however, was this one of Turner. Is this the Nats stud, or a picture of Leonard DiCaprio from a scene in The Revenant? Hard to tell with all that stubble the infielder's cultivating:

One potential positive of this team-wide movement: If Turner and his teammates keep what they're growing down in Florida going throughout the season, their faces will be plenty warm by the time playoff baseball comes around. 

RELATED: HARPER GOES YARD IN FIRST AT-BAT OF THE SPRING

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Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

The Nationals played their first game of spring training today against the Mets. They won, but that's not nearly the biggest story of the day. It was Bryce Harper's first at-bat that stole the show. 

On just the second pitch he saw of spring training, from lefty Sean Gilmartin, Harper mashed a ginormous home run to right center field. MLB.com shared video of the bomb. 

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Harper smacked the ball at least 400 feet. In his second at-bat, he hit a line-drive single on the first pitch. 

Let's just say it was an exciting start to the year for Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP only to endure a let-down last season. As Castillo points out, the slugger hit .226 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. 

Harper enters spring training at 230 pounds, up 15 pounds of muscle from last year. 

“I just felt going into the offseason you want to get as strong as you can, try to maintain your weight the best you can and just do everything the right way,” he told the Post. 

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