It took almost five hours, but the Nationals finally got to the 68th overall selection. There were some quality names available (favorites of mine included LHP Kent Emanuel of North Carolina, RHP Bobby Wahl of Ole Miss, 3B Chad Pinder of Virginia Tech and RHP Alex Balog of San Francisco), but the Nats settled on Dallas Baptist University RHP Jake Johansen.
Johansen throws really, really hard. He can dial it up to 99 mph. Unfortunately, he has no refined secondary options and had a 7.84 K/9 against mediocre competition this season. He was on my radar for the fourth round in the Minor League Ball mock draft as a signability guy in round 3 or 4.
Baseball America placed Johansen at 182 overall on their top 500, noting that "for a guy who can dial up a 99 mph fastball, Johansen doesn't make a huge impression on batters or scouts." They go on to note that he's got closer upside.Read More