Nationals introduce top 3 draft picks

The Washington Nationals’ top 2011 draft pick is nearly

anonymous compared with the team’s high-profile signings the past

two years.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon, the sixth overall pick, was

hampered by a shoulder injury this season at Rice. Even though he

says he’s now 100 percent, he doesn’t expect to get the attention

or the pressure heaped on Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick

in 2009, or Bryce Harper, the No. 1 selection last year.

”I think I’m different than those two guys,” Rendon said.

”I’m not a pitcher, and I’m not a 17-year-old phenom.”

The Nationals introduced their top three draft picks – Rendon,

right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer (23rd pick overall) and outfielder

Brian Goodwin (34th) – in a news conference before Washington’s

game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The players

were in Washington on the same day a magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit

the city, which added something extra to the occasion.

”It’s an exciting time right now,” Rendon said. ”We got

shaken up with the earthquake, so we’re going to remember this for

a long time.”

All three players were represented by agent Scott Boras and

signed deals in the final minutes before the Aug. 15 midnight

deadline. As they addressed the media, the players wore Nationals

jerseys and caps.

”It’s been a dream for all of us since we were growing up,”

Goodwin said. ”We’re just excited.”