Jake Johansen, RHP (68th overall)
Less than 48 hours after being drafted, the Nats' first pick of the 2013 draft has already agreed to an $820,000 signing bonus.
Johansen, a 6-foot-6 starter from Dallas Baptist University, boasts a 99 mph fastball. However, his secondary pitches could use some work. This year at Dallas Baptist, he posted a 7-6 record with a 5.40 ERA and 75 Ks over 88 1/3 innings pitched.
Johansen and Nationals' management are positive their player development program will turn Johansen into a "gem"—scouting director Kris Kline compared him to Dodgers' starter Josh Beckett. The Nats plan to start him at their rookie affiliate, Class A Auburn, on June 17.
Drew Ward, Infielder (105th overall)
The Nats drafted 18-year-old Ward out of Oklahoma's Leedey High School—the 6-foot-4, 215-pound infielder graduated a year early to become draft-eligible. He brings with him a left-handed power bat, reportedly batting .717 during the fall season and .578 during the spring as a freshman at Leedey.
Ward played shortstop in high school, but Nats' crosschecker Jimmy Gonzales has projected him as a third baseman. Ward has signed a letter of intent with the University of Oklahoma—his father, mother, grandfather and uncle all competed as Sooners—which will heavily factor into his decision on whether or not to sign with Washington.
Nicholas Pivetta, RHP (136th overall)
In 13 starts at New Mexico Junior College last season, Pivetta went 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA. A native of British Columbia, he was also a member of the U-18 Canadian Junior National Team from 2009-12.
Nats' assistant GM and VP of player personnel Roy Clark has stated that Pivetta "throws up to 95 mph." He also reportedly has a good curveball that could become above-average with work.
The Nats believe Pivetta could be a starter if he develops his changeup. However, he has signed a letter of intent to transfer to the University of New Mexico in September.
Despite falling low in the 2013 draft, Washington certainly didn't make bad picks. With hard work and dedication, some of them could crack the top 10 prospects in the future—provided, of course, that they sign with the team.