The Washington Times - August 15, 2011, 09:50PM

The Nationals signed the first of their top five unsigned picks with about 2 1/2 hours to go before the deadline with Baseball America’s Jim Callis reporting that they’ve agreed to terms with fourth-round selection Kylin Turnbull. Callis, who is considered one of the foremost draft experts in the industry, reports that Turnbull agreed for a signing bonus of $325,000 — $100,000 over the MLB-recommended slot for the 127th overall pick.

Turnbull is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound left-hander out of Santa Barbara City College who went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 80 innings. An Oregon native, Turnbull was taken in the 30th round of the 2010 draft by the Chicago White Sox but opted not to sign.


On draft day, Baseball America wrote that Turnbull “faded down the stretch but has a lean, loose frame. Average fastball touched 93-94; has an average splitter and fringy slider.”

Here is video of Turnbull striking out three batters for Santa Barbara this year.

The Nationals could — and hope to — be in for a very expensive night if they can lock up the rest of their top 10 picks, which include their top four selections: Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer, Brian Goodwin and Matt Purke.