Pro Notebook: PWC Natives Kraft, Farrar Help Lake Erie Reach Frontier Playoffs


September 5 - Steven Kraft spent the summer as one of the top outfielders in the independent Frontier League, and the late-season addition of outfielder Logan Farrar gave the Lake Erie Crushers another Prince William County native in the middle of their lineup during their playoff push. 

Kraft, a Battlefield graduate who was released in spring training after spending last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, finished among the top five in the league in batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.394) and steals (25). In early August, Lake Erie added Farrar, a Woodbridge grad who was released on July 29 while in the midst of his third season in the Oakland A’s system. 

The addition quickly paid off, as Farrar hit .308 and the Crushers won 15 of their final 20 games and ran away with the league’s East Division title. 

Lake Erie trails its best-of-five division series with the Florence Freedom, 2-0, and will look to stay alive when it hosts Game 3 tomorrow night. The Crushers would also host Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Monday if they’re able to extend the series. 

McBroom Gets Hit in 1st MLB At-Bat, Adds 2 More Next Night

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday, was added to the Royals’ roster on Tuesday afternoon, then started at first base and singled in his first career Major League at-bat that night against the Detroit Tigers. 

“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” McBroom told the Kansas City Register. “It happened super fast. It was like Christmas Eve times a million, and I’m just super excited to be here and ready to roll with this group of guys.”

He started in right field last night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI as Kansas City won its fourth straight. The 27-year-old Fredericksburg native is looked upon by the Royals’ front office as a potential long-term option at first base. 

McBroom has hit .288 with 102 career home runs in his six minor league seasons. 

Angels Recall Bour as Teams Expand Rosters

Justin Bour (Westfield) was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels last week, his third stint with the club in what has been a frustrating season for the first baseman. 

After slugging 83 home runs over the previous four years, Bour has struggled in his first season with the Angels. He’s been sent down to the minor leagues twice and entered today hitting .181 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 144 at-bats. He has struck out in his two pinch hit opportunities since being called up over the weekend. 

Bour, 31, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract last winter and is likely to hit free agency again this offseason. He has hit .254 with 92 homers and 303 RBI in six seasons with Miami, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Logan Farrar courtesy of Morning Journal, Steven Kraft courtesy of Lake Erie Crushers, Ryan McBroom courtesy of MLB.com, and Justin Bour courtesy of Associated Press


The P-Nats and The Pfitz, By the Numbers


September 5 - The Potomac Nationals’ final game at Pfitzner Stadium was played last week, marking the end of a 36-year era for the club at the Woodbridge ballpark. 

The impending move marks an end of nearly four decades in Prince William County, as the club shifts its focus to a new chapter next year at the $35 million ballpark currently being built in Fredericksburg. We detailed the franchise’s timeline at Pfitzner Stadium in our story last November. 

Potomac, a High-A Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1, on Thursday in front of a crowd of 4,682 on hand to watch the final game at the ballpark. The P-Nats finished their final season at the ballpark with a 70-67 record, sweeping their final four games at Frederick over the weekend to finish the season on a seven-game winning streak. 

Mike Covington, the longtime Potomac coach and a Prince William native, was an assistant at the Dumfries school when it beat Lake Braddock, 6-4, in the Group AAA state final on the field in 1988. He also recalls fondly throwing out the first pitch on ‘Billy Deck Day’ named for the former Panthers star who played with the then-Potomac Cannons from 1998-2000, and the ‘The Fall Classic’ run by former Potomac coach Jerry Gardziel that was held at the stadium and attracted some of the country’s top players. 

“It’s been a nice place to play, the facilities were very good for the era when it first opened,” Covington said. 

Originally established as the Alexandria Dukes in 1978, the franchise moved to its new home after six seasons at what was then known as Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park. Today, the ballpark is named Frank Mann Field and serves as the home to Bishop Ireton in the spring and the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer. 

Pfitzner Stadium has been the home to dozens of future Major Leaguers, and it was a former big leaguer that provided former Gar-Field coach Mike Meadows with one of his favorite memories at the park. The colorful Joe Charboneau, who suited up for the then-Prince William Pirates in 1984, was ejected from a game and proceeded to entertain the crowd by tossing bats and water coolers on the field.

Meadows, who grew up playing and coaching not far from the stadium, also remembers fans getting on Billy Ripken, the younger brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

“Billy Ripken came through playing shortstop for Hagerstown and he was unmercifully harassed by the fans,” Meadows said, adding that the younger Ripken brother handled the heckling well. “Also, another wonderful experience was having American Legion ball in the stadium.”

Since the opening of the stadium, the club has been affiliated with six Major League organizations and had eight different names. The ballpark itself has had four names, beginning as Davis Ford Park, then becoming Prince William County Stadium, then Pfitzner Stadium, and for the past two years, going by Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium. 

Here are some more stadium numbers:

$2,000,000 - The cost of the stadium, which was built in 1983 and early 1984. 

236,772 - The number of fans that attended the P-Nats’ home games in 2013, a club record and an average of 3,534 over the 67 contests. 

12,916 - Number of days the club called Pfitzner Stadium home, debuting on Apr. 19, 1984 and playing its final game at the ballpark on Aug. 29, 2019. 

.488 - The club’s overall winning percentage in its 36 seasons at the stadium, having compiled a 2,438-2,556 record and 14 winning campaigns. 

84 - Victories in 2013, a franchise record. The P-Nats also set a franchise record that season with 47 home wins, but would lose in the Carolina League championship series to Salem. 

11 - Carolina League playoff appearances, in the 36 seasons the team played at the stadium. The franchise’s other postseason came in 1982. 

6 - Major League organizations the franchise has been affiliated with while at the stadium, including the Pirates from 1984-86, the Yankees from 1987-93, the White Sox from 1994-96, the Cardinals from 1997-2002, the Reds from 2003-04, and the Nationals from 2005-19. 

4 - Carolina League championships won by the club while playing at the stadium, winning in 1989, 2008, 2010 and 2014. The franchise also won a title in 1982 while playing in Alexandria. 

2 - Carolina League MVP honors won while at the stadium, earned by Troy Farnsworth in 2000 and Tyler Moore in 2010. Farnsworth holds the franchise record with 113 RBI and Moore clubbed 31 home runs, also a club record.  


McBroom Traded to Royals, Could Debut Tonight


September 3 - Ryan McBroom was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday and he was added earlier today to the Royals’ 40-man roster. He could make his Major League debut tonight against the Detroit Tigers. 

McBroom, 27, was dealt for international cash considerations after hitting .315 with a .402 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 26 home runs and 66 RBI in 117 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre this season. The former Courtland and West Virginia University standout is a four-time minor league All-Star, including this year in the International League. 

While the Major League trade deadline was on July 31, minor league players are eligible to be traded at any point during the season. 

“In my opinion, he’s the MVP of this league,” Scranton/Wilkes Barre manager Jay Bell told the Press Enterprise. “He’s done a phenomenal job. We’re in the position we’re in because of Ryan McBroom. I’m really, really happy that he gets the opportunity to go to Kansas City and go to the big leagues.”

It’s the second time the first baseman has been traded since he was taken by the Blue Jays in the 15th round in 2014. He was acquired by New York in July 2017 in a deal that sent Rob Refsnyder to Toronto. McBroom is tied for seventh all-time in homers (29) and ranks sixth in RBI (162) at West Virginia. 

Kansas City begins a three-game home series with Detroit tonight. 

Photo of Ryan McBroom courtesy of MiLB.com


Pro Notebook: Rizzo Invited to Play in Arizona Fall League


August 30 - Joe Rizzo has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as the Oakton graduate wraps his third full professional season with the Seattle Mariners organization. 

Many of baseball’s top prospects are invited to play in the league each fall.

A second round pick in 2016, Rizzo has put together his best pro campaign with High-A Modesto. The left-handed swinging infielder enters today hitting .293 with a .352 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 124 games. Earlier this summer, he was named to the California League All-Star Game. 

Rizzo, 21, has been worked recently at second base and first base after spending the majority of his time at third base since Seattle made him the area’s highest prep draft pick since Westfield’s Brandon Snyder was a first-round pick of Baltimore in 2005. He played shortstop at Oakton, where he was a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection and our 2015 Player of the Year. 

“Honestly, I absolutely love second base,” Rizzo told Lookout Landing, which covers the Mariners and its minor league teams. “It’s freeing. You can play the hops. You have time to move your feet. You can take your time a bit.”

Rizzo is batting .342 in August with hits in 16 of his past 18 games, and he had his first career five-hit game last week. "I was seeing [the ball] pretty well," he told MiLB.com after that contest. "I thought I was picking up spin pretty well. I was looking at a certain part of the zone and I was sitting on a couple pitches, and I ended up getting them."

Guyer’s Rehab From Elbow Surgery Continues, Eyes MLB Return in 2020

A toned Brandon Guyer appears well on his way to recovery three months after elbow surgery ended his 13th professional season. 

The Herndon graduate posted a photo on his Instagram page with the following message, “It’s been 3 months since season ending elbow surgery. Back up to 200 lbs and feeling great. Slowly but surely getting to where I need to be...back on that field.”

Guyer, 33, signed a minor league deal last winter with the Chicago White Sox and received an invite to their spring training with the Chicago White Sox. He started the season at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .244 with a .369 on-base percentage in 16 games before requiring the surgery. 

The former Herndon and University of Virginia standout has played in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians, hitting .250 in 1,291 at-bats over seven seasons with the two clubs. 

Lee, Snyder Reach Milestones as Minor League Season Winds Down

Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) has two stolen bases this week and is second among all minor league players with 52 steals this season, doing so in 124 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. 

Rated by MLBPipeline as Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, Lee is hitting .263 with a .366 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, seven homers and 47 RBI. He’s 52-for-64 on stolen base attempts. One of the Royals’ current outfielders, Billy Hamilton, holds the minor league single-season steals record with 155, set in 2012. 

Northwest Arkansas concludes its regular season tomorrow and begin play in the Texas League playoffs next week. This winter, Lee will be playing for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Meanwhile, Brandon Snyder (Westfield) hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. He’s hitting .255 and has added 24 doubles and 78 RBI in 113 games with the Washington Nationals affiliate. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images, and Brandon Snyder courtesy of MiLB.com.


Pro Notebook: Royals Prospect Lee Racing Through Texas League


August 7 - Khalil Lee is second among all minor leaguers in stolen bases as the former Flint Hill standout continues his rise through the Kansas City Royals’ farm system. 

The 2016 third-round pick is healthy after he was limited last year by a back injury, and the dynamic left-handed hitting outfielder is posting his best professional season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Lee, 21, entered the day hitting .263 with a .372 on-base percentage, 27 extra-base hits, 47 RBI and his 43 steals are second only to teammate Nick Heath among all minor league players. 

"I've always been a base stealer," Lee told MiLB.com last month. "I think just this year I really figured out when good times are to run, and being able to pick up on little, key things from pitchers and being able to get a good jump and run."

The 2016 NOVA Nine Team member is ranked No. 4 among Royals prospects by MLBPipeline. 

Rizzo Continues Best Pro Season, Records 10th 3-Hit Game

Joe Rizzo (Oakton) is having his best pro season at Advanced-A Modesto, and on Thursday the former Seattle Mariners second round pick had his 10th three-hit game of the year. 

Rizzo, 21, entered the day hitting .283 with 47 RBI in 105 games. He had a 13-game hitting streak in June and was batting over .300 as recently as July 7. Currently rated as Seattle’s No. 20 prospect by MLBPipeline, the left-handed swinging third baseman has shown the most improvement with his power - he’s tied for fourth in the California League with 25 doubles and has a career-high eight homers. 

A two-time NOVA Nine Team member, Rizzo was our Player of the Year in 2015 when he hit .606 with seven homers and 25 RBI. He was taken 50th overall by Seattle after his senior year in 2016.

Zombro Continues Impressive Campaign at Double-A Montgomery

Tyler Zombro wasn’t drafted out of George Mason University, and he’s been out to prove everyone wrong since. 

Signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the right-hander fared well enough to be invited back for a second professional season last year. He impressed, going 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 76 innings over 33 relief appearances at Single-A Bowling Green. 

This year, Zombro has been one of the top relievers in the Double-A Southern League and earned a brief promotion to Triple-A Durham. He entered the day 2-0 with eight saves, a 1.79 ERA and 31 appearances at Montgomery, continuing to be one of the biggest surprises in one of baseball’s top farm systems. 

Zombro, a native of Staunton, is one of the most-decorated pitchers in George Mason history. He ranks first in program history in innings (318.1) and walks per nine innings (1.47), second in starts (46), victories (23) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (4.35), and third in strikeouts (226).  

Photos of, clockwise from left, Khalil Lee courtesy of MiLB.com, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, and Tyler Zombro courtesy of Bowling Green Hot Rods


Houston Trades Bukauskas to Arizona in Deal for Greinke


July 31 - The Arizona Diamondbacks may soon need to open a team store in Ashburn. 

At today’s Major League Baseball trade deadline, Arizona acquired Stone Bridge graduate J.B. Bukauskas in a deal that sent six-time All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. Bukauskas could eventually join a Diamondbacks rotation that already boasts Taylor Clarke, a graduate of Broad Run. 

“I’m very excited,” Bukauskas wrote via text message. “Mixed emotions with everything going on but very excited for the new opportunity and very thankful for the opportunity the Astros have given me.”

Bukauskas, 22, was dealt along with three other prospects - first baseman Seth Beer, right-hander Corbin Martin and infielder Josh Rojas - in exchange for Greinke, who was 10-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 22 starts with Arizona. Beer, Bukauskas and Martin were all ranked among the Astros’ top five prospects by MLBPipeline. 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported earlier today that the Diamondbacks are also sending $24 million to the Astros to help cover the $77 million remaining on Greinke’s 6-year, $206.5 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. 

The 15th overall pick out of the University of North Carolina in 2017, Bukauskas was 2-4 with a 5.25 ERA and 98 strikeouts with 54 walks in 85.2 innings at Double-A Corpus Christi this season. The right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 59 innings over five stops in Houston’s farm system in his first full professional campaign last year. 

Bukauskas was The Washington Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2014 at Stone Bridge and had a prolific three-year career at UNC, where he finished fifth all-time with 296 strikeouts. He pitched with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2016, then was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Pitcher of the Year and was a consensus first-team All-American after going 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 92.2 innings the following spring.

In Arizona, Bukauskas could one day join a rotation that includes Clarke, who is 4-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 57 innings since being called up in late April. Clarke, 26, has posted his best outings in his past two starts, striking out seven and allowing two runs over six innings in a 5-2 win over Baltimore on July 24 and fanning six while surrendering one unearned run in 5.1 innings in a 4-2 win at the New York Yankees last night. 

Today’s trade continues a recent trend of Northern Virginia natives being swapped at the deadline. 

In 2016, Brandon Guyer (Herndon) was traded from Tampa Bay to Cleveland, who he helped reach the World Series and push the Chicago Cubs to a Game 7 before falling. In 2017, Ryan McBroom (Courtland) was dealt by Toronto to the Yankees in exchange for Rob Refsnyder. And last year, Justin Bour (Westfield) was traded by Miami to Philadelphia and Bobby Wahl (West Springfield) from Oakland to the New York Mets in a separate deal that sent closer Jeurys Familia to the A’s. 

Photo of J.B. Bukauskas by Bill Mitchell


Pro Notebook: Snyder Among Minor League Leaders in Home Runs


July 30 - While the Washington Nationals make their push for a fifth postseason appearance in eight seasons, former Westfield star Brandon Snyder is across the country putting together his best professional season at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, CA. 

Snyder, 32, homered for the second straight game and for the fourth time in seven contests in the Fresno Grizzlies’ 10-6 loss to Reno on Sunday and he enters the day tied for ninth among all minor leaguers in home runs this year. The third baseman is hitting .278 with a .330 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, 26 homers and 68 RBI in 88 games. Three players are tied with 29 homers to lead all minor leaguers. 

As he eyes an opportunity to suit up for his hometown team - Snyder has appeared in the Major Leagues with Baltimore, Texas, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa Bay - the versatile 6-foot-2, 225-pound former first round pick is closing in on former Chantilly and University of Virginia standout Joe Koshansky for the most minor league home runs among Northern Virginia natives. Snyder has 182 career homers, 173 coming in the minors.

Koshansky hit 189 homers from 2004-11 with three organizations, mostly with Colorado. Of those, 186 came in the minor leagues, most of them while relegated to Triple-A behind the Rockies’ All-Star first baseman, Todd Helton. Koshansky had three minor league seasons in which he topped 30 homers and 100 RBI. 

Sborz Recalled by Dodgers, Records 1st Career Strikeout

Josh Sborz (McLean) was recalled by Los Angeles yesterday and pitched the final two innings in the Dodgers’ 9-1 loss in Colorado. 

Sborz made his Major League debut last month with the Dodgers, but was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after just one appearance. Sborz takes the spot in Los Angeles’ bullpen previously held by Jaime Schultz, who was sent down after surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings in an 11-4 loss at Washington on Sunday. 

After pitching a scoreless seventh in which he recorded his first career strikeout, the 25-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs in the eighth on a two-run homer to David Dahl and an RBI double to Daniel Murphy. Sborz is 3-3 with two saves, a 4.54 ERA and 51 strikeouts to just nine walks over 37.2 innings in 34 relief appearances at Oklahoma City.  

Scrubb Traded to Houston, Assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi

Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) was traded last week from Los Angeles to Houston for first baseman Tyler White. 

The move was made after Kiké Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hand injury, and White will be utilized as an option off the bench against left-handed pitchers. He was hitting .225 with three homers and 21 RBI in 71 games with the Astros after hitting .276 with 12 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games last year. 

Scrubb, 24, had compiled a 2.45 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 23 walks in 47.2 innings over 29 outings at Double-A Tulsa. Since the trade, he’s made two scoreless relief appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi. 

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Photos of, clockwise from left, Brandon Snyder courtesy of Fresno Grizzlies, Josh Sborz courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers, and Andre Scrubb courtesy of Tulsa World


A Month Removed from Indy Ball, Arizona Promotes Lachance to Triple-A Reno


July 6 - Nearly a month to the day he had his independent league contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kevin Lachance finds himself one step from the Major Leagues. 

A graduate of Centreville and a 10th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 out of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Lachance was tearing through the independent American Association at a .372 clip with a .509 on-base percentage when Arizona signed him on June 7. 

After hitting .258 with nine RBI in 10 games with the organization’s rookie-level Pioneer League club, Lachance was moved to Visalia in the Advanced-A California League last week. When Triple-A Reno second baseman Domingo Leyba was promoted yesterday to fill the roster spot created by an injury to Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta, the organization decided to promote Lachance to fill his spot for the remainder of Reno’s weekend home series with Takoma. 

He was told of the promotion after last night’s game by Visalia manager Shawn Roof, and he’s penciled in the lineup at second base for tonight’s game. 

“It’s been a crazy, obviously. I arrived this morning and went straight to the ballpark. It was a late night and early morning, and I’m trying to find a place to get a little rest before the game,” Lachance said. “I guess something happened and I assume it’ll just be for a few days, but who knows. I’m here now and will just compete. It’s an awesome opportunity and I’m excited for it. It’s kind of been a wild ride, especially recently. 

“All you can do is show up and compete wherever they send you.”

Lachance, who turned 25 earlier this week, was an all-region shortstop at Centreville and earned All-America East Conference honors when he hit .373 with six home runs, 29 RBI and 28 steals as a senior at UMBC. A shoulder injury prevented him from making his professional debut until 2017, and he spent time in indy ball last year after the Dodgers released him in training camp. 

Signed in part due to his defensive versatility, Lachance has played second base, third base, left field and center field since joining the organization, and he has also practiced at shortstop - his position in high school and college - as well as in right field. 

“I’ve kind of been all over,” he said. “That’s what they told me, that versatility is something that they like. Something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in is my defense.”

Photo of Kevin Lachance courtesy of UMBC Athletics


Pro Notebook: Parker Returns to Major Leagues With Angels


July 5 - Jarrett Parker is back in the Major Leagues, the outfielder promoted earlier this week by the Los Angeles Angels.

Parker, a 2007 graduate of Colonial Forge, entered as a defensive replacement for Justin Upton in a 6-2 win at the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and flew out in his lone at-bat. Yesterday, he got the start in left field and went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 9-3 loss. 

His latest big league stint comes 21 months after he last played with the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old began the 2017 season as San Francisco’s starting left fielder, but had his campaign derailed by a broken collarbone suffered when he slammed into the outfield wall at Oracle Park that April. He was out of baseball last year while working back to full health.

Prior to being called up, Parker was having a big season at Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting .296 with a .424 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 64 games. 

Agnos Sharp in Debut With Staten Island

Jake Agnos (Battlefield) was sharp in his debut with short-season Single-A Staten Island, making the start and striking out five without allowing a hit over three scoreless innings in a 5-2 win over Tri-City on Wednesday. 

A fourth-round draft pick last month by the New York Yankees, Agnos issued a two-out walk in the first inning before retiring the final seven batters he faced. He struck out the side in the second and finished with 42 pitches, 27 for strikes. “[Agnos] was 90-92 MPH with his fastball,” wrote Robert Pimpsner of Pinstripe Prospects. 

Agnos made his professional debut last week with one of the club’s affiliates in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits while fanning six in two innings. The left-hander had an All-American campaign this spring at East Carolina University, going 11-3 with a 2.29 ERA and setting school and American Athletic Conference single-season records with 145 strikeouts in 102 innings. 

Scrubb Continues Impressive Campaign at Double-A Tulsa

Now in his fourth professional season, Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) has been one of the top relievers in the Double-A Texas League. 

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound right-hander enters the day 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 24 relief appearances with Tulsa. He has 48 strikeouts to 20 walks in 41 innings, and opposing batters are hitting just .195 against him. 

Scrubb has posted an ERA of 2.86 or better in each of his four minor league campaigns since the Los Angeles Dodgers took him in the eighth round from High Point University in 2016.

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Photos, clockwise from left, of Jarrett Parker courtesy of Associated Press, Jake Agnos by Robert Pimpsner, and Andre Scrubb courtesy of MiLB.com.


Woodgrove’s Lockhart Signs With Texas Rangers


July 4 - Nick Lockhart signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers last night, Woodgrove coach Rusty Smith confirmed this morning. 

Lockhart, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound right-hander, became the area’s lone high school player selected in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft when Texas took him in the 11th round (325th overall). He weighed his options for nearly a month before deciding to skip college and go straight to pro ball. Lockhart had signed to pitch on scholarship at Virginia Tech over the winter. 

Terms of his signing bonus were not immediately known. 

A two-sport standout for the Wolverines, Lockhart helped the Purcellville school win the Class 4 state football championship last fall while being named the Region 4C co-Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection at defensive end. He also played tight end.

This spring, he went 6-3 with a 1.21 ERA and had 68 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 52 innings en route to first-team All-Dulles District and second-team all-region honors. In his final high school start, Lockhart struck out eight over 7.1 innings in a 1-0 extra-inning district semifinal loss to Loudoun County.

Each of the 11 players from Northern Virginia taken in the MLB Draft this year have now signed.

Photo courtesy of Lockhart Family