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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Nationals Stay With Arizona State SS Devin Marrero

The Washington Nationals are sitting on top of the National League East, in a three-way tie with the Marlins and the Mets. Gone are the days of the Nationals as the division's door stop, thanks in no small part to a collection of talent added through years of top picks in the draft. And who will the Nationals select in the 2012 MLB Draft which starts on Monday night?

More and more talk has the Nationals interested in Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. A Monday morning mock draft from the Baltimore Sports Report puts Marrero to Washington with the 16th pick.

16. Washington Nationals- Devin Marrero, SS, Arizona State: The Pirates like him at #8 overall. The Nationals like to scoop up the best available player. Plus they are looking for another long term infielder. Marrero will probably become a 2B in the majors which is even more perfect for the Nats. This would be a great value pick.

As a college player, Marrero could be ready to help out at the big league level within a relatively short time frame. Dollars could play a role in which player the Nationals select, with about $4.4 million allotted for draft picks in the first 10 rounds of the draft.

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