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The Washington Nationals reached out and touched Brett Mooneyham—twice.
The Nationals drafted the Stanford left-hander last year in the 38th round, taking a flier on him even though he missed the entire season after surgery to repair a cut on his finger.
This season, Mooneyham was spotty, posting a 7-5 record with a 4.26 ERA in 14 starts. Mooneyham struck out 90 batters in 82.1 innings, but he also walked 37 and hit another 15 batters.
The biggest gripe scouts have about Mooneyham is that he's constantly tinkering with his delivery and never seems to throw the same way twice in succession.
Baseball Prospect Nation agreed.
I have reservations about long-term command projection. Mediocre arm action, lack of athleticism and general inconsistency make locating his pitches a consistent issue. May have enough command to become effective, but will never locate with precision or plus ability.
Not quite a ringing endorsement there.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.