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Ripken among 24 draftees signed by Nats


WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to terms with 24 players they selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, general manager Mike Rizzo and vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline announced Friday.

The Nationals agreed to terms with their draftees from Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, including 6-foot-1, 195-pound high school catcher Jakson Reetz out of Nebraska. Kline was particularly excited after drafting Reetz with the No. 93 overall pick in the third round on Day 2 of the Draft.

"He's got a really good feel to hit," Kline said. "You're looking at an offensive catcher at the big league level down the road."

Washington also signed its Round-14 selection, first baseman Ryan Ripken, who is the son of former Orioles great Cal Ripken and just finished his first season at Indian River (Fla.) State Junior College.

"There's immense pressure on that young man," manager Matt Williams said recently. "But I think he will handle it real well. Dad, uncle, grandfather ... great work ethic. We'll be happy to have him. If he can bring that work ethic to us, it will be nothing but a benefit."

The Nationals have yet to agree to terms with their first two selections of the Draft, right-hander Erick Fedde out of UNLV (Round 1, No. 18 overall) and left-hander Andrew Suarez out of Miami (Round 2, No. 57 overall).

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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