- The Washington Times - Friday, June 6, 2008

Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri, first round (ninth overall)

Skinny: Some think Crow could be the best pitcher in the draft; he throws a hard fastball and slider and has a solid (if still developing) change-up. Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said his last outing - a May 30 shutout of Mississippi in the NCAA regionals - showed that when he’s on, he has big league stuff right now.

Destin Hood, OF, St. Paul’s Episcopal High School (Mobile, Ala.), second round (55th overall)

Skinny:Hood was a shortstop in high school and impressed scouts with his power and speed. He has a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Alabama, but the Nationals are confident he’ll sign. Assistant general manager Mike Rizzo compares him to Torii Hunter.

Daniel Espinosa, SS, Long Beach State, third round (87th overall)

Skinny: Espinosa is a switch-hitter who is still developing from the left side, but he is a solid defensive player that’s as close to a need pick as you’ll see from the Nationals, who lack polished middle infielders in their organization.



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