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Nats add lefty bat in the eighth round

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The Nationals added their second outfielder of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday with the No. 244 overall pick of the eighth round: left fielder Jeff Gardner out of the University of Louisville.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

The Nationals added their second outfielder of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday with the No. 244 overall pick of the eighth round: left fielder Jeff Gardner out of the University of Louisville.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Gardner was the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2014, and he hit .326 with nine home runs, 67 RBIs -- which leads the league -- and a .551 slugging percentage so far this season.

"We got some left-handed power bats that we like," vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline said.

Gardner led the Cardinals to a No. 1 seed in the Louisville, Ky., regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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