27. Mason Denaburg, RHP, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS, Washington Nationals
A Florida signee, Denaburg struck out 73 batters over 35.1 innings to go with a 1.27 ERA and 10 just walks in being named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Third Team. He also hit .410 with five home runs, 21 RBI and 10 steals.
“We felt that (Denaburg) has a chance to be a front of the rotation starter,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo recently told 106.7 The Fan. “Now there’s some projection and development that has to go into it, but rather than taking a college pitcher that we know who he is but it’s only a back-end starter we went for upside with this player.
“He’s a supreme athlete. Great stuff. Great body. He looks like a college player already. He’s only 18 years old, and we’d like to get him signed, get him developed, and our track record with developing pitchers has been supreme, so we feel good about the drafts.”
MLB.com estimates that the No. 27 pick is worth $2,472,700.