Nats draft LHP Brett Mooneyham in 3rd round
By Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
With their third-round pick (No. 111 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals selected lefty pitcher Brett Mooneyham from Stanford.
Mooneyham has been drafted twice before, by the Nationals in the 38th round of last year’s draft and by the Padres in the 15th round of the 2008 draft. A 6-foot-5, 235-pound pitcher from Merced, Calif., he finished the 2012 season with a 7-5 record and 4.26 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 37 walks in 82.1 innings pitched.
“[Mooneyham is] a plus athlete with a fastball that touches 97 [miles per hour] to go along with a plus curveball and changeup,” Director of Scouting Kris Kline said, via the @Nationals PR Twitter feed. “Mooneyham projects as high as a number three starter.”
Mooneyham missed the entire 2011 season following surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left middle finger. His father, Bill, was a first-round pick of the California Angels in 1980 and spent nine years in the Major League with the Angels, Brewers and Athletics.
The Nats’ next pick comes in the fourth round, at No. 144 overall.