Nationals reach agreement with first-round pick Jackson Rutledge

Chris Lingebach
June 17, 2019 - 8:20 pm
Nationals agree to terms with top pick Jackson Rutledge

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The Nationals have reached an agreement with their top draft pick, right-handed pitcher Jackson Rutledge.

Rutledge, the 17th overall pick, is the 21st player selected by the Nationals in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft already under contract. Washington took 39 players in the draft in all.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound sophomore went 9-2 with a 0.87 ERA – with eight earned runs in 82.2 innings pitched – and 134 strikeouts in 13 starts in his first season at San Jacinto (TX) College

Rutledge's 0.87 ERA led all of NJCAA Division 1, while his 134 strikeouts were good for second, and his 14.59 strikeouts per nine innings pitched ranked sixth. He pitched four complete games (two shutouts), allowed just one home run and issued just 30 walks in 2019.

Rutledge's arsenal features a fastball that clocks anywhere from the mid-90s all the way up to 101 miles per hour, a slider, curveball and change, and he personally ranks the pitches in that specific order. Rutledge recently told 106.7 The Fan he believes his stuff is good enough to get big-league hitters out now.

Washington's fourth-round pick, right-handed pitcher Tyler Dyson (Florida), is the next highest draft pick to reach an agreement with the organization.

Third baseman Drew Mendoza (Florida State) and left-handed pitcher Matt Cronin (Arkansas), Washington's third- and fourth-round picks, respectively, were unlikely to sign by this point anyway due to their participation in the ongoing College World Series.

Remaining 2019 draft picks under contract:

SS Jackson Cluff (6th round, Brigham Young)

RHP Hunter McMahon (9th, Texas State)

C Andrew Pratt (10th, Lubbock Christian)

SS J.T. Arruda (11th, Fresno State)

OF Jake Randa (13th, Northwest Florida State College)

RHP Davis Moore (15th, Fresno State)

SS Junior Martina (16th, Western Okla. State College)

RHP Amos Willingham (17th, Georgia Tech)

C Mason Doolittle (18th, Palm Beach CC)

RHP Tyler Yankowsky (19th, Millersville University, PA)

SS Jack Dunn (20th, Northwestern)

OF Kevin Strohschein (21st, Tennessee Tech)

C Allan Berrios (22nd, Western Okla. State College)

3B Jake Alu (24th, Boston College)

1B Parker Quinn (25th, Hofstra)

3B Jaylen Hubbard (27th, Texas State)

LHP Troy Stainbrook (30th, Biola University, CA)

RHP Dylan Beasley (32nd, Berry College, GA)

2B Anthony Gomez (34th, Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

More signings are expected in the coming days and weeks. The Nats still have plenty of time to lock in their top draft picks before the July 12 deadline.

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