Nats select Andrew Stevenson, CF, LSU.
Andrew Stevenson, OF, LSU, left/left
Stevenson struggled as a freshman at Louisiana State before breaking out as sophomore. He built on that progress with a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, which he led with 21 stolen bases, and has solidified his status as a top-three-rounds pick with a fine junior year with the Tigers. Stevenson is the best defensive center fielder in college baseball, and some scouts rate his fly-catching ability as a 70 on the 20-80 scale. His terrific reads and jumps and his well above-average speed give him tremendous range. His arm lacks strength but doesn't detract from his overall brilliance in center. While his approach at the plate is too busy, Stevenson does a good job of making contact and using his speed to get on base. He has the quickness and savvy to steal bases. He doesn't have much power, though he can turn on balls and drive them into the gaps on occasion.