Nationals sign Pleffner to professional contract
The Nationals have signed outfielder/first baseman Shawn Pleffner, their 26th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The University of Tampa was the first to announce the signing.
The left-handed hitting Pleffner hit .366 with four home runs and 39 RBIs for UT this past season. He was the first position player from the school to be taken in this year’s Draft.
General manager Mike Rizzo, who wasn’t available for comment, said Friday that the Nationals are close to signing 15 players taken in the Draft.
“After negotiating with them, we have about 15 players with contracts pending,” Rizzo said. “We are in communication with our upper picks. We feel that optimistic to get those guys signed. If we do, we feel we have the best draft in baseball.”