Bill Ladson

Nationals agree to deal with 8th-round pick

Righty reliever Bogucki pitched for the University of North Carolina

Nationals agree to deal with 8th-round pick

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to terms with right-hander A.J. Bogucki, their eighth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, has learned. Bogucki will receive a bonus of $150,000. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Bogucki, who went to the University of North Carolina, had a nice comeback season in 2016, going 5-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings while pitching out of the bullpen. Opposing hitters batted .212 against him.

Nationals' 2016 Draft picks

This was the second time Bogucki was drafted. In 2013, he was selected by the Twins in the 31st round.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.