The Washington Times - June 7, 2012, 01:40PM

The Washington Nationals wrapped up the three-day first-year player draft Wednesday evening, the final tally for their 40 rounds 14 right-handed pitchers, six left-handed pitchers, five catchers, eight infielders and seven outfielders. They selected 26 college players, 11 out of high school and three from junior college.

And one day later the team had already agreed to terms with second-round pick Tony Renda, a second baseman out of the Cal-Berkley, as well as fourth-round pick Brandon Miller, an outfielder from Samford University, according to scouting director Kris Kline. Renda will go to Single-A short season Auburn to begin his professional career.

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Third round pick and Scott Boras advisee, Brett Mooneyham, a left-hander from Stanford, is also expected to sign “relatively quickly,” Kline said.

The gem of the draft, of course, is right-hander Lucas Giolito, a hard-throwing right-handed high schooler who missed most of his senior season with elbow trouble. The Nationals took him anyway, feeling the risk was far outweighed by the reward his talent could bring. GM Mike Rizzo will be tasked with getting him to sign.

“You’ve got to look down the road a little bit,” Kline said. “But if you think about having Giolito and (Stephen) Strasburg and Gio (Gonzalez) and Jordan Zimmermann at the front of your rotation… now you’ve got some depth again in the pitching.”

The Nationals traded away three of their top pitching prospects this offseason when they sent A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone and Brad Peacock to the Oakland A’s in the trade for Gonzalez. But with last year’s draftees like Alex Meyer and Matt Purke, along with guys like 2010 draftee Robbie Ray, Kline said they focused on pitching this draft to help rebuild some of that depth.

“That’s kind of what we tried to do primarily,” Kline said. “We tried to focus on big bodies and better velocity and even with the guys that we took late in the draft, this was a year where I asked all of our crosscheckers and area scouts to identify, in their mind who they’re gut guys were. Who they felt were big leaguers. And those are the guys we took. We’ll hope for the best and we’ll see how it plays out.”

With Giolito at the top of their class and only $4.4 million to lock up their top 10 picks, the Nationals feel they were able to nail down the signability of enough of those picks to where they’re confident they’ll be able to bring them all in under the cap.

“Absolutely,” Kline said. “I think we actually will either break even or come in a little under the wire in the end.”

Here is the full list of players the Nationals selected in the 2012 draft:

RD          PICK      PLAYER                                POS        B/T          HT           WT          DOB                       SCHOOL

1              16           Lucas Giolito                        RHP        R/R          6-6          230         7/14/94                  Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)

2              80           Tony Renda                          2B           R/R          5-8          180         1/24/91                  University of California-Berkeley

3              111         Brett Mooneyham                                LHP        L/L          6-5          235         1/24/90                  Stanford University (CA)

4              144         Brandon Miller                     OF           R/R          6-2          215         10/8/89                  Samford University (AL)

5              174         Spencer Kieboom                               C             R/R          6-0          220         3/16/91                  Clemson University (SC)

6              204         Hayden Jennings                                CF           L/L          6-0          170         10/16/92                                Evangel Christian Academy (LA)

7              234         Robert Benincasa                                RHP        R/R          6-1          180         9/5/90                     Florida State University

8              264         Stephen Perez                     SS           S/R          5-11        175         12/16/90                                University of Miami (FL)

9              294         Derek Self                             RHP        R/R          6-3          205         1/14/90                  University of Louisville (KY)

10           324         Craig Manuel                       C             L/R          6-1          205         5/22/90                  Rice University (TX)

11           354         Brian Rauh                            RHP        R/R          6-2          200         7/23/91                  Chapman University (CA)

12           384         Carlos Lopez                        3B           R/R          6-2          220         1/18/90                  Wake Forest University (NC)

13           414         Elliott Waterman                  LHP        L/L          6-5          230         11/24/90                                University of San Francisco

14           444         Jordan Poole                        RF           R/R          6-3          210         9/11/91                  Chipola Junior College (FL)

15           474         Brandon Smith                     CF           R/R          6-3          195         5/1/94                     Woodbridge HS (CA)

16           504         Ronald Pena                        RHP        R/R          6-4          210         9/19/91                  Palm Beach State College (FL)

17           534         Blake Schwartz                    RHP        R/R          6-3          200         10/9/89                  Oklahoma City University

18           564         David Fischer                       RHP        R/R          6-5          200         4/10/90                  University of Connecticut

19           594         Bryan Lippincott                   1B           L/R          6-3          210         9/26/89                  Concordia University (MN)

20           624         James Brooks                      SS           R/R          6-0          185         10/12/88                                University of Utah

21           654         Austin Chubb                       C             R/R          6-1          220         4/17/89                  Florida Southern College

22           684         Will Hudgins                         RHP        R/R          6-4          200         2/12/90                  University of Notre Dame

23           714         Casey Selsor                        OF           L/L          6-1          190         2/23/90                  University of Texas-San Antonio

24           744         Kevin Dicharry                     RHP        R/R          6-4          200         11/27/89                                University of Texas

25           774         Freddy Avis                           RHP        R/R          6-2          195         11/3/93                  Menlo HS (CA)

26           804         Skye Bolt                               CF           S/R          6-1          170         1/15/94                  Holy Innocents Episcopal HS (GA)

27           834         Cody Poteet                          RHP        R/R          6-1          183         7/30/94                  Christian HS (CA)

28           864         Hunter Bailey                       SS           R/R          6-0          180         5/17/89                  Oklahoma State University

29           894         Leonard Hollins                   RHP        R/R          6-3          185         7/31/91                  Chipola Junior College (FL)

30           924         Robert Orlan                         LHP        R/L          6-0          200         9/28/90                  University of North Carolina

31           954         Michael Boyden                   RHP        R/R          6-0          180         6/18/90                  University of Maryland

32           984         Michael Mudron                   LHP        L/L          5-11        190         2/4/90                     California State San Bernardino

33           1014       Mike McQuillan                    2B           L/R          5-11        175         10/2/89                  University of Iowa

34           1044       Jake Jefferies                      2B           S/R          6-1          180         8/7/93                     Foothill HS (CA)

35           1074       Cory Bafidis                          LHP        L/L          6-0          190         8/22/90                  Texas Wesleyan University

36           1104       Max Ungar                            C             R/R          6-3          200         8/10/94                  Charles E. Smith Jewish School (MD)

37           1134       Tyler Watson                        LHP        L/L          5-11        160         6/9/93                     Georgetown HS (TX)

38           1164       Jared Messer                       RHP        R/R          5-11        185         7/14/91                  Malone College (OH)

39           1194       Mitchell Williams                 C             L/R          5-10        186         8/16/94                  Coosa HS (GA)

40           1224       Ricky Gutierrez                     CF           R/R          6-1          170         2/15/93                  American Senior HS (FL)