Nationals sign second-round pick

Nationals sign second-round pick

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to terms with outfielder Destin Hood, the club's second-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, on Thursday. Hood will be assigned to the club's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Viera, Fla.

According to baseball sources outside the Nationals organization, Hood will make a total of $1.1 million in the next five years. The money is considered under the baseball slotting system when it comes to second-round picks.

Hood, 18, was a two-sport standout for St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala. This year, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder batted .485 with eight home runs, 32 RBIs and 17 stolen bases while leading his team to the 5A state semifinals and earning a spot on the USA Today All-USA High School Baseball Team.

As a wide receiver in football, Hood caught 56 passes for 995 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to Alabama's 5A State Championship this past season. A starter at wide receiver and defensive back, he was named First-Team All-State by The Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register and the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Hood, who attended the same high school as Padres right-hander Jake Peavy, had signed a letter of intent to play both baseball and football at the University of Alabama.

To date, the Nationals have agreed to terms with 25 players selected in this year's Draft.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.