Ian Desmond holds the distinction as the
only last man on the Nationals current roster acquired when the Washington Nationals were still the Montreal Expos. In 2004, the Expos last draft, Desmond was taken out of Sarasota High School in the 3rd round as the 84th overall pick.
Only five players drafted by the Expos that year made the Major Leagues, and only one, pitcher Bill Bray (taken in the first round), achieved anything notable. Bray is currently with the Nationals franchise at AAA but he was traded away by the Nats in 2006. He only returned this season.
Desmond was the best 3rd round pick of any team in the 2004 draft. The only other notable players in that
round were Toronto pitcher J.A. Happ (taken by the Phillies with the 92nd pick), Royals pitcher Wade Davis (taken by the Devil Rays with the 75th pick), and Blue Jays hitter Adam Lind (taken immediately before Desmond at 83). 15 players taken the 3rd round that year never even made the major leagues.
When the Expos arrived in DC, they were a complete mess. Years of neglect and cheap ownership left the team in poor position to compete. Ian Desmond might have been the best thing to happen during those dark days when MLB owned the Montreal Expos. Other than moving the franchise to DC, of course.
Note: Roger Bernadina was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001 by the Montreal Expos prior to MLB acquiring ownership of the franchise.
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