Nationals Select Eight Players On Second Day of 2018 MLB Draft

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- The Washington Nationals selected eight players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Mike Rizzo and Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline made the joint announcement.


The Nationals kicked off Tuesday’s action by selecting right-handed pitcher Reid Schaller from Vanderbilt (TN) University with their third-round selection. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt freshman went 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA (12 ER/26.2 IP) and 36 strikeouts in 19 games (two starts) for Vanderbilt.


In the fourth round, the Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Jake Irvin from the University of Oklahoma. The 6-6, 225-pound junior went 6-2 with a 3.41 ERA (36 ER/95.0 IP) and 115 strikeouts in 16 starts for Oklahoma. His 115 strikeouts were ranked 26 in the nation. Following his 2018 season, Irvin was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. He ranked Big 12 games in strikeouts (1st, 63), opponent batting average (1st, .197) and ERA (6th, 2.94).


The Nationals selected outfielder Gage Canning out of Arizona State University in the fifth round. The 5-10, 175-pound junior hit .369 (87-for-236), Arizona State’s second-highest batting average of the season and fourth-highest among all Pac-12 hitters. He also had 37 extra-base hits, 45 RBI and 47 runs scored across 55 starts. Canning, who was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week for March 19, also received recognition for his 2018 junior campaign being named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. He also ranked among Pac-12 hitters in hits (1st, 87), triples (1st, 11) and total bases (3rd, 153).


In the sixth round, Washington selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Karp from Florida State University. The 6-1, 204-pound redshirt junior went 8-4 with a 3.97 ERA (36 ER/81.2 IP) with 97 strikeouts in 16 games (15 starts). He was one of two pitchers for the Seminoles to pitch two complete games this season.  Karp’s eight wins for 2018 ranked third among ACC pitchers.


The Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Chandler Day out of Vanderbilt (TN) University in the seventh round. The 6-5, 175-pound junior went 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA (13 ER/36.1 IP) while striking out 45 in 18 games (three starts) for Vanderbilt.


In the eighth round, the Nationals selected catcher Tyler Cropley from the University of Iowa. Cropley, a 5-11, 185-pound senior led the team with a .342 batting average (68-for-199) and had 20 doubles, nine home runs, 50 RBI and 43 runs scored in 53 games for Iowa. Among Big Ten hitters, Cropley ranked in the top 10 in doubles (T1st, 20), on-base percentage (5th, .449), slugging percentage (6th, .578), RBI (6th, 50) and batting average (10th, .342). He was named to the 2018 All-Big Ten First-Team.


Washington selected right-handed pitcher Tanner Driskill in the ninth round out of Lamar (TX) University. The 6-0, 170-pound senior went 6-5 with a 4.00 ERA (36 ER/81.0 IP) while striking out 51 in 17 games (nine starts). He tossed two complete games for Lamar during the 2018 season. Driskill, son of former MLB player Travis Driskill, received an All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention.


In the tenth and final round of the day, the Nationals selected infielder Carson Shaddy from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. The 5-11, 185-pound senior hit .331 (55-for-166) with 24 extra-base hits, 43 RBI and 38 runs scored. Shaddy ranked among hitters in the SEC in slugging percentage (5th, .620), on-base percentage (12th, .430) and batting average (14th, .331). Shaddy was named First-Team All-SEC following the 2018 season.


Over the first two days of the three-day First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals have selected a total of 10 players: six right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, one outfielder, one infielder and one catcher. Of Washington’s 10 selections, nine came from the college ranks and one from the high school ranks. The 2018 Draft will conclude on Wednesday.


RD         PICK      PLAYER                           POS      B/T        HT              WT        DOB                    SCHOOL

1            25          Mason Denaburg               RHP       R/R        6-4              195        8/8/99                  Merritt Island (FL) High School

2            65          Tim Cate                           LHP       L/L         6-0              185        9/30/97                University of Connecticut

3            101        Reid Schaller                     RHP       R/R        6-3              210        4/2/97                  Vanderbilt (TN) University

4            131        Jake Irvin                           RHP       R/R        6-6              225        2/18/97                University of Oklahoma

5            161        Gage Canning                   OF         L/R        5-10          175        4/23/97                Arizona State University

6            191        Andrew Karp                     RHP       R/R        6-1              204        9/30/95                Florida State University

7            221        Chandler Day                    RHP       R/R        6-5              175        5/24/97                Vanderbilt (TN) University

8            251        Tyler Cropley                     C           R/R        5-11          185        12/10/95              University of Iowa

9            281        Tanner Driskill                   RHP       R/R        6-0              170        1/18/96                Lamar University

10          311          Carson Shaddy                  INF        R/R        5-11          185        8/19/94                University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

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