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Wonder if the new #1 draft pick gets a shot

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    ....Though some inside and outside the Nationals organization consider Romero’s stuff big league ready, his trajectory might begin with a rather low slope, given that he has not pitched in an actual game since May 7. Romero was working out at the Boras facility in Southern California to prepare for the draft, but the Nationals tend to move players whose seasons ended long before the draft more slowly than those who played until within a week of their signing.

    If they are slow to ease Romero into his professional career, they might not be slow once he settles in. Some around baseball, including the author, have wondered whether the Nationals chose Romero with an eye on getting him to the big leagues as soon as this season, perhaps to add September spark to their struggling bullpen.

    But while Nationals Scouting Director Kris Kline said he thinks Romero’s stuff could play in the majors right now, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals have never drafted a pitcher and moved him all the way to the majors in the same season. Koda Glover was the fastest mover in recent memory, and finished his first professional half season in Class A ball. Rizzo was adamant the Nationals would not rush Romero. He also did not rule anything out.

    Whatever his future, Romero’s present is now firmly in the hands of the Nationals, who will have no deadline theatrics this afternoon. As of the time Romero signed, five first-rounders still did not have deals. By the historical standards of Rizzo and Boras, then, they finished this one downright early.

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