The top Nats Draft pick from every season

February 8th, 2024

Take a look back at the Nationals’ top selections, beginning in ‘05 with the relocation to Washington.

2023: Dylan Crews, OF, LSU (No. 2)

The Nationals selected Crews just weeks after he won the 2023 Golden Spikes Award -- given annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States -- and the College World Series. Revered as a five-tool standout, Crews, 21, slashed a staggering .426/.567/.713 with 18 home runs, 71 walks and only 46 strikeouts in 71 games his junior season.

2022: Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Fla.) (No. 5)

Green, an 18-year-old five-tool standout, was ranked as the No. 3 Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. The son of two-time NFL Pro Bowler Eric Green, he batted .462 with nine homers, 32 RBIs, 40 runs scored and a 1.592 OPS his senior year.

2021: Brady House, SS, Winder (Ga.) Barrow HS (No. 11)

House checks in as the fifth-best high-school prospect -- and No. 8 overall prospect -- in this year's Draft, according to MLB Pipeline. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he has raw power to all fields and a big arm from the left side of the infield. The Nationals were impressed by all the boxes he checks for them, which included size, speed and bat speed. Given his size and strength, House said he has drawn comparisons to Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

2020: Cade Cavalli, RHP, University of Oklahoma (No. 22)

Ranked as the Nationals’ No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Cavalli already has been promoted to Double-A Harrisburg. This season, he struck out 15 in a High-A start.

2019: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College (No. 17)

Rutledge is ranked as the Nats’ No. 2 prospect. He is competing on the High-A level with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

2018: Mason Denaburg, RHP, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS (No. 27)

Denaburg’s early career has been hampered by injuries, including Tommy John surgery this spring. The Nationals’ No. 9 prospect has only thrown 20 1/3 innings in his career -- all in 2019.

2017: Seth Romero, LHP, University of Houston (No. 25)

Romero, the Nationals’ No. 18 prospect, made his Major League debut with the Nationals on Aug. 13, 2020. He has been sidelined by a rib injury this season while on the Triple-A roster.

2016: Carter Kieboom, INF, Walton (Ga.) HS (No. 28)

Kieboom was in a platoon situation at third in 2020. This season, the Nationals are looking for him to develop consistency with reps at the Triple-A level.

2015: Andrew Stevenson, OF, LSU (No. 58)

The Nationals surrendered the 27th overall pick to sign ... Max Scherzer. It's fair to say that worked out well for the club. Washington's first pick that year was Stevenson, who has been a solid contributor off the bench.

2014: Erick Fedde, RHP, University of Las Vegas (No. 18)

Fedde has been a driving force in the Nationals' starting rotation in 2021, stepping up in place of the injured starters.

2013: Jake Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist University (No. 68)

After losing their first-round pick to the Yankees after they signed free-agent closer Rafael Soriano, the Nationals selected Johansen in the second round. The righty never played above Double-A ball in the Washington organization and last pitched in the White Sox organization in 2018.

2012: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS (No. 16)

The Nationals traded Giolito to the White Sox in the winter of 2016 in a deal to acquire outfielder Adam Eaton. Giolito earned his first All-Star selection in ‘19, and he threw a no-hitter in ‘20.

2011: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice University (No. 6)

Rendon received MVP votes in four of his seven seasons with the Nationals, including 2019 when he also earned his second Silver Slugger Award and first All-Star selection. He signed with the Angels that offseason as a free agent.

2010: Bryce Harper, RF, College of Southern Nevada (No. 1)

Harper made his presence in Washington known immediately, earning NL Rookie of the Year honors and an All-Star selection in 2012. He was named MVP in ‘15, and he had received six All-Star nods with the Nationals before signing with the Phillies as a free agent in ‘19.

2009: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State University (No. 1)

Strasburg became the first pitcher in postseason history to earn a 5-0 record during the Nationals' 2019 championship run, winning the World Series MVP Award. That offseason, he signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to remain a centerpiece of Washington’s starting rotation.

2008: Aaron Crow, RHP, University of Missouri (No. 9)

Crow was drafted by the Nationals in 2008, but he did not sign and returned to college. He was selected the following June by the Royals with the 12th overall pick, and he played his four-year Major League career (2011-14) with Kansas City.

2007: Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State University (No. 6)

Detwiler played his first seven seasons with the Nationals, going 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA over 132 games (69 starts). Traded to the Rangers in the winter of 2014, Detwiler also has pitched with the Braves, Indians, Athletics, Mariners, White Sox and Marlins.

2006: Chris Marrero, OF, Monsignor Edward Pace (Fla.) HS (No. 15)

Marrero appeared in 39 games with a .232 batting average for the Nationals over the 2011 and ‘13 seasons. He also played 15 games for the Giants in ‘17.

2005: Ryan Zimmerman, INF, University of Virginia (No. 4)

The face of the Nationals, Zimmerman is the team leader in categories including games played, at-bats, walks, singles and offensive WAR. He also is the franchise leader (including Expos history) in plate appearances, runs, hits, total bases, doubles, home runs, RBIs and extra-base hits.