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Nats sign 23 draft picks from 2012 class

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Nats sign 23 draft picks from 2012 class

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday announced the signing of 23 of their 40 2012 MLB Draft selections. Their first round pick, high school pitcher Lucas Giolito, is not on the list as contract talks continue. They did, however, lock up their second round selection, second baseman Anthony Renda from the University of California-Berkeley.

Here is the complete list of those signed:

2nd Round - 2B Anthony Renda California
4th Round - OF Brandon Miller - Samford University
5th Round - C Spencer Kieboom - Clemson
6th Round - CF Hayden Jennings - Evangel Christian Academy (LA)
9th Round - RHP Derek Self - Louisville
10th Round - C Craig Manuel - Rice University
11th Round - RHP Brian Rauh - Chapman U (CA)
12th Round - 3B Carlos Lopez - Wake Forest University
13th Round - LHP Elliott Waterman - University of San Francisco
14th Round - RF Jordan Poole - Chipola College (FL)
16th Round - RHP Ronald Pena - Palm Beach State College
17th Round - RHP Blake Schwartz - Oklahoma City University
18th Round - RHP David Fischer - Connecticut
19th Round - 1B Bryan Lippincott - Concordia University
20th Round - SS James Brooks - Utah
21st Round - C Austin Chubb - Florida Southern College
22nd Round - RHP Will Hudgins - Notre Dame
23rd Round - OF Casey Selsor - U. Texas San Antonio
24th Round - RHP Kevin Dicharry Texas
28th Round - SS Hunter Bailey - Oklahoma State
29th Round - RHP Leonard Hollins - Chipola College (FL)
31st Round - RHP Michael Boyden Maryland
33rd Round - 2B Mike McQuillan Iowa

The Nationals have also yet to sign their seventh and eighth round picks, making six of their top ten picks currently under contract. Giolito was considered to fall to the Nats at the 16th overall pick and is likely looking for a contract worth more than his draft slot.

Third round pick Brett Mooneyham had still been playing for the Stanford baseball team in the NCAA Tournament until Sunday before the Cardinal was eliminated by the Florida State Seminoles. He will now have more time to negotiate a deal with the Nationals and also decide if he wants to return to college for his senior season.

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Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wade Davis struck out batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end Washington's ninth-inning rally, and the Chicago Cubs held off the Nationals 5-4 Monday night.

In jeopardy of being shut out for the first time this season, the NL East-leading Nationals scored four times in the ninth. Their comeback began against Hector Rondon and continued when Davis entered.

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With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper's single loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who's hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory.

Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead.

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2017 MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers don't lose anymore

2017 MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers don't lose anymore

The Dodgers are living their best life right now. 

Cody Bellinger looks like he's just going to go and hit two home runs a game for the rest of the year, Yasiel Puig is fun again and they're fresh off a 10-game win streak. Kenley Jansen went 112 batters without issuing a walk. All of this is coming, by the way, during a year when Clayton Kershaw is more Very Good than he is Great.

It's a good time to be a fan of an incredibly young and talented team in a top-5 market with a well-regarded front office that's been written a blank check. How did everyone not named the Dodgers do this week? To the rankings! 

2017 MLB POWER RANKINGS

30. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2017 Record: 24-49
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance:  Maikel Franco (.333/.419/.481 last week)

And there goes Maikel Franco, right back on the trade block. The Phillies' rebuild is starting to look a lot murkier. 

29. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2017 Record: 27-50
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 1-9
Notable Performance: Brandon Belt (.316/.409/.947 last week)

It's weird to see the Giants play THIS poorly. Johnny Cueto is arguably the best available starter on the trade market though, and that obviously bodes well for their future. 

28. CINCINNATI REDS

2017 Record: 29-38
Previous Ranking: 27
Last 10 Games: 1-9
Notable Performance: Joey Votto (.360/.385/.680 last week)

When you go 1-9 over the last 10 and let the Nats put an 18-spot on you, you drop a spot or two in the rankings. Them's the rules. 

27. SAN DIEGO PADRES

2017 Record: 31-44
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Notable Performance: Yangervis Solarte (.364/.462/.909 last week)

In an annual July tradition, the Padres will fleece someone for one of their relievers. Brad Hand in a Dodgers uniform, anyone? 

26. DETROIT TIGERS

2017 Record: 32-42
Previous Ranking: 15
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Miguel Cabrera (.400/.444/.840 last week)

The Tigers are our biggest fallers of the week. 2-8 in their last 10, including a frustrating Perfect Game bid broken up by a bunt single. Not their best week. 

SEE THE REST OF THE RANKINGS HERE