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Nationals use eighth-round pick on lefty Napoli

Nationals use eighth-round pick on lefty Napoli

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Nationals use eighth-round pick on lefty Napoli

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.

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