Nationals sign third-round Draft pick Mooneyham

Nationals sign third-round Draft pick Mooneyham

BALTIMORE -- The Nationals signed third-round Draft pick Brett Mooneyham from Stanford on Friday, the team announced.

Listed at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Mooneyham fits the mold of the big pitchers the Nats like to target in the Draft. In his junior year at Stanford, Mooneyham posted a 7-5 record and a 4.26 ERA, with 90 strikeouts and 37 walks in 82 1/3 innings. His father, Bill -- a first-round selection of the California Angels in 1980 -- appeared in 45 games for the Oakland Athletics in 1986.

Surgery on the flexor tendon in his left middle finger cost Mooneyham the 2011 season, but the Nats have remained enticed by his three-pitch repertoire, including a fastball, curve and changeup.

"You have to go back to high school with this kid," Nationals director of scouting Kris Kline said to reporters on a conference call not long after the selection. "We have a lot of history with Brett. Back in high school, he was a potential top-five pick."