The Washington Nationals today selected prep outfielder Blake Perkins out of Verrado (AZ) High School with the 69th-overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline made the joint announcement.
The 6-foot, 180 pound righty hit .461 (41-for-89) with eight doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, 35 RBI, 23 walks and 51 runs scored in just 29 games during his senior season at Verrado High School in Buckeye, Ariz. He posted a .583 on-base percentage, a .966 slugging percentage and a 1.549 OPS while striking out just 16 times.
Perkins was named a 2015 Honorable Mention All-American and a West Region First Team by Perfect Game and was selected to the Arizona Republic All-Arizona Team for the second consecutive season.
Following the 2014 season, Perkins earned Division 2 First-Team All-State honors in the state of Arizona and was selected to the All-Arizona Team by the Arizona Republic after hitting .551 (49-for-89) with nine doubles, three homers, 10 home runs, 30 walks and 60 runs scored in 30 games.