Pitcher Mason Denaburg Highlights Nationals’ 2018 Draft Class

Mason Denaburg
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An attorney who is licensed in the District of Columbia and is an active member of the DC Bar, Binta Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Spelman College and a juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School. A baseball fan, Binta Robinson counts the Washington Nationals as her favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

The 2018 MLB Amateur Draft was held in early June and the Nationals, with the 27th overall pick in the first round, selected high school pitcher Mason Denaburg. A 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, Denaburg played for Merritt Island High School in Florida this past season and registered a win-loss record of 5-1 to go along with a 1.27 earned run average (ERA) and 73 strikeouts. His season was cut short due to bicep tendonitis, but the Nationals don’t appear concerned that it could have a long-term effect on his pitching ability.

Washington bolstered its pitching depth further with its second-round pick as the team selected University of Connecticut left-handed pitcher Tim Cate, who posted a 2.91 ERA through 11 games last season and limited opposing hitters to a .258 batting average. While Denaburg remains unsigned, the Nationals signed Cate on June 13. As of June 25, the team had signed 11 of its top 20 picks.