With their eighth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, No. 256 overall, the Nationals on Friday picked left-handed pitcher David Napoli of Tulane University.
Napoli was 13-9 with a 3.64 ERA in four years at Tulane. As a senior, he had a 3.00 ERA in 66 innings and held opposing hitters to a .176 batting average. He battled a forearm injury during the season, but picked up a win in his last collegiate game against Houston on May 25.
Napoli was a 2012 Second Team All-Conference USA selection as a junior. He is a bit undersized at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, and could profile as a reliever.
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.