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Kyle Johnston selected by Washington Nationals in sixth round of MLB draft

The junior was taken with the 193rd pick of the draft after another solid season on the 40 Acres.

Kyle Johnston
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For the second straight year, the Washington Nationals have selected a Texas Longhorn junior in the sixth round of the MLB draft.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Johnston was chosen by the Washington Nationals with pick No. 193 on Tuesday afternoon. Former Texas catcher Tres Barrera was also picked by Washington in the sixth round in 2016.

Johnston is the second Texas starting pitcher to hear his name called on Tuesday, and the third Longhorn pitcher drafted overall. Nick Kennedy was selected in the fifth round by the Colorado Rockies, while Morgan Cooper was picked Monday in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnston earned a 3.52 ERA in 73.1 innings pitched in 2017. The junior is known for his velocity from the mound, as his fastball reaches up to 96 mph.

While it is possible Johnston will return to the 40 acres for his senior season, he will likely depart for the pros. Johnston was ranked outside of the top 250 prospects by Baseball America, so being picked in the sixth round was a very favorable result for the Flower Mound product.