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Nationals agree to terms with 18 draft picks

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The Nationals announced their first signings from the 2011 draft today, agreeing to terms with 18 picks, including fifth round selection Matt Skole and local products Erick Fernandez (Georgetown) and Bobby Lucas (George Washington).

From the Nationals release:

Skole, the Nationals’ fifth-round selection out of Georgia Tech, batted .348 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 58 RBI and 44 walks in 61 games last season. The 21-year-old left-hander posted .445 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage en route to second team All-ACC honors. During his three-season collegiate career with the Yellow Jackets, Skole batted .329 with 47 home runs and 179 RBI.

Here’s the full list of the Nationals signed picks:

RD  PICK     PLAYER                          POS      B/T       HT       WT        DOB            SCHOOL             

  5     157     Matt Skole                        3B       L/R       6-3      230      7/30/89          Georgia Tech Univ.

  7     217     Brian Dupra                    RHP     R/R       6-3      205     12/15/88         Notre Dame Univ. (IN)

10     307     Manny Rodriguez            RHP     R/R       6-2      225      1/12/89          Barry Univ. (FL)

11     337     Caleb Ramsey                  OF       L/R       6-3      210      10/7/88          Univ. of Houston (TX)

12     367     Blake Monar                    LHP      L/L        6-2      205      6/16/89          Indiana Univ.

16     487     Deion Williams                 SS       R/R       6-3      185     11/11/92         Redan HS (GA)

21     637     Todd Simko                    LHP      L/L        6-4      225      12/5/88          Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi

22     667     Travis Henke                  RHP     R/R       6-6      250       7/9/88           Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock

23     697     Khayyan Norfork              2B       R/R      5-10      190      1/19/89          Univ. of Tennessee

25     757     Erick Fernandez                C       R/R      5-11      190     11/30/88         Georgetown Univ. (DC)

26     787     Shawn Pleffner                 OF       L/R       6-5      225      8/17/89          Univ. of Tampa (FL)

27     817     Bobby Lucas                    LHP      L/L        6-4      220      8/12/87          George Washington Univ. (DC)

28     847     Kenneth Ferrer                RHP     R/R       6-1      220     12/13/89         Elon Univ. (NC)

33     997     Trey Karlen                      2B       R/R      5-11      195      4/23/88          Univ. of Tennessee-Martin

35   1057     Alex Kreis                       RHP     R/R       6-1      210       1/1/89           Jamestown College (ND)

36   1087     Ben Hawkins                   LHP      L/L        6-0      180      11/4/89          Univ. of West Florida

41   1237     Bryce Ortega                    3B       R/R      5-10      165      9/22/88          Univ. of Arizona

45   1357     Ritchie Mirowski             RHP     R/R       6-2      190      4/30/89          Oklahoma Baptist Univ.

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