The last two seasons, the Nationals' draft picks were patently obvious the day the team finished with baseball's worst record: Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
This year is a different story, as the Nats pick seventh and aren't tipping their hand, writes the Washington Post. Part of that is because of questions about who will be available, as players can drop because of signability and other concerns. The Nationals are expected to draft the best player available, but are expected to trend toward pitching if it's available. That means they could potentially pass up the top high-school bat in the draft in Bubba Starling to pluck someone such as Danny Hultzen, who is at risk for sliding down draft boards as a college lefty.
Speaking of signability, Starling is a Scott Boras client -- as are Strasburg and Harper -- but if the club wants to spread out the money in the draft, it could elect to draft Hultzen. That would allow the team to fill a priority by grabbing a college pitcher and then target more high-priced players in future rounds, as they appear to be leaning.
The draft is at 7 p.m. ET on Monday. You can follow the draft live on MLB.com and the MLB Network.