JUCO pitcher Dickey selected by Nats

JUCO pitcher Dickey selected by Nats

The Nationals drafted right-hander Erick Fedde with the No. 18 pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night, and they added another right-handed pitcher in the fourth round on Friday.

With the No. 124 overall pick, Washington selected Robbie Dickey out of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Dickey is committed to Texas State, but he will likely forgo that opportunity to play professionally.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

"We're going to get that done," vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline said of drafting Dickey. "The kid's very excited."

The 6-foot-3 right-hander touches 97 mph on his fastball, and he also throws a slider and changeup. Dickey was perhaps the top JUCO prospect after the fall, but he struggled with biceps tendinitis in the spring. The 20-year-old still posted a 2.74 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 85 1/3 innings.

MLB.com had Dickey ranked as the No. 179 prospect entering the Draft.

"He's a strong right-handed pitcher," said scout Jimmy Gonzales, who covers the South Texas area. "Great character kid, solid breaking ball. I feel like he's going to be a starter. And [he] really expressed a lot of interest in wanting to play for us."

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.