With the No. 23 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals select Alex Meyer, a right-handed pitcher from Kentucky. Meyer stands a towering 6'9'', and was projected to go to the Nationals in many MLB Mock Drafts.
Meyer was the ace for Kentucky, coming on in his junior year after two poor seasons. He had a 7-5 record with a 2.91 ERA and hurled four complete games. He struck out 110 batters in 101 innings, so he has great stuff. The Nationals may look to make him a reliever instead of a starter. He is also a Scott Boras client, like so many others on the Nationals.
The Nationals also have the No. 34 pick in the sandwich round, getting that pick and the No. 23 pick as compensation for losing Adam Dunn to the Chicago White Sox in free agency. Earlier, the Nationals took third baseman Anthony Rendon of Rice with the No. 6 pick, a surprise given that he was projected to go higher. He too is a Scott Boras client.