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“It feels good,” Detwiler said. “I put one on in Florida after the draft, and it felt pretty good then, too.”

“What do you think about being a National?” another fan asked.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “Overall, it has worked out well for me. If feels pretty surreal right now.”

That will change tomorrow when he gets a look at Viera. That will be very, very real. If he’s there for long, though, it will be considered a disappointment for a lot of people, particularly the one signing the $2.15 million signing bonus check.

“We are very excited to have him here,” team owner Mark Lerner said. “Hopefully he will be here sooner than later. I think he is going to be a great asset to the organization.”

And this is an organization that needs assets. Dmitri Young is an asset. So is Ronnie Belliard. And soon they will yield more assets when they are likely traded for more young pitching prospects. The franchise is trying to stockpile young pitching talent like Emiliano Fruto and Collin Balester, both of whom are on the rosters for tomorrow’s All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco.

“We realize that it starts with pitching,” said Nationals scouting director Dana Brown, who signed Chad Cordero when he was a scout.

Cordero was one of the examples the Nationals used during yesterday’s press conference to illustrate the success of other players who made the jump quickly from college to pro ball.

“We went after Ross,” Brown said. “It started last summer and it continued this spring when we got into the draft. Nothing like getting a left-handed starting pitcher at the top of the rotation that can throw 90-95 with a plus-curveball and a plus-changeup.”

He may have to refine that release point of his, though, before he shows up again to pitch at RFK Stadium.