Nationals Rule V Draft Overview

Out of all the Major League teams, the Washington Nationals were among the most active in the 2006 Rule V draft. They lost one pitcher on the day, but also acquired a power bat and two intriguing young arms. Find out more about all four players involved right now.

Lost

Chris Booker - In an odd scenario, the Nationals lost a player that never once played a game for their organization. Booker, a hard throwing right-hander, signed with Washington as a minor league free agent this off season after going 8-4 with a 2.49 ERA and 20 saves with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization in 2005. Obviously, he wasn't a National for long.

On Thursday, the Tigers selected Booker 4th overall in this year's Rule V draft. As if he hadn't changed organizations enough, he was soon after traded to the Phillies for cash by Detroit. It is interesting, however, that the Nationals wouldn't make more of an effort to hold onto such an exciting power arm.

Acquired

Brandon Powell - Selected in the first round of the Triple-A phase of the draft, Powell put together a strong minor league career with Kansas City. The 25 year old second baseman put together a strong 2005 campaign with High-A High Desert, batting .287 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI. The lefty swinging South Carolina native has the odds against him because of his age, but he obviously has excellent power for a middle infielder.

Jose Sanchez - Another pitcher who has now changed organizations for the second time this year, Sanchez has some excellent upside. With Hagerstown, the low-A affiliate of the New York Mets, Sanchez went 11-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 133 innings of work. To go along with that, he also struck out 87 while walking only 37. At this point, he relies very much on control and his pitching aptitude.

Josh Perrault - Acquired in the third round of the Triple-A phase of the draft, righty hurler, Josh Perrault, is a former Diamondbacks farmhand coming off a fabulous 2005 campaign. The hard throwing 23 year old was dominating coming out of the bullpen for South Bend, going 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 78.1 innings of work. Not to mention, the former Sun Devil struck out 63, while walking only 19.

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