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Nationals draft slick-fielding Middleton in 10th

Nationals draft slick-fielding Middleton in 10th

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Nationals draft slick-fielding Middleton in 10th

With their last selection on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Nationals took a second player from Tulane University, shortstop Brennan Middleton, in the 10th round, 316th overall.

Middleton, a Baton Rouge, La., native, batted .295 with eight doubles and 13 RBIs for the Green Wave as a senior last season. He stole nine bases, scored 35 runs and had a .372 on-base percentage. He committed just six errors in 56 games at shortstop.

"He just gobbles up everything," Nationals assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel Roy Clark said. "And he hit close to .300 in his career."

Middleton was a four-year starter at Tulane and has experience playing second base and third base in addition to shortstop.

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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