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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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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

CLICK HERE TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE CRAZIEST BALLPARK FOODS YOU'LL FIND AROUND MLB THIS YEAR

With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

CLICK HERE TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE CRAZIEST BALLPARK FOODS YOU'LL FIND AROUND MLB THIS YEAR

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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