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Strange year helped Washington Nationals land Virginia Tech pitcher Zach Brzykcy

WASHINGTON – Scouting and player development offices of Major League teams had to be creative this year, thanks in part to the pandemic, a draft that just lasted five rounds, and no minor league season.

The Nationals feel good about the players they picked this past summer. But the franchise is also happy with non-drafted free agents and that includes right-handed pitcher Zachary Brzykcy out of Virginia Tech.

“It was a really interesting process,” assistant general manager, player development Mark Scialabba told Federal Baseball. “It was really different this year with the draft only going five rounds” after lasting 40 in 2019.