MLB Draft 2012: Nationals Select Samford Outfielder With Fourth-Round Pick

With their fourth-round pick, No. 144 overall, in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals have selected Samford University outfielder Bradon Miller, the highest-ever a Samford player has been taken in the draft.

As a senior, Miller led the country in home runs this season with 23 -- a school-record. He was also 15th nationally in RBIs with 65, another program record. He is currently the school's all-time leader in home runs.

Since, the Nats have added some arms, as well as some position players in the later rounds. In the fifth round, they took Clemson catcher Spencer Kieboom, a junior, at No. 174 and in the sixth, they grabbed Hayden Jenning, a 6-foot center fielder from Evangel Christian Academy in Louisiana. Jennings is committed to play at LSU.

The team took two right-handed pitchers with its seventh and ninth round selections in Robert Benincasa (No. 234 overall) and Derek Self (No. 294), respectively. Benincasa is a junior from Florida State, while Self is a senior from Louisville. The Nats took a shortstop in Stephen Perez in the eight round.

For more Nationals coverage and conversation, visit Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Nats blog. For news, updates and projections related to the next week's MLB Draft, stay tuned to this StoryStream here at SB Nation DC.

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