Harper's Ferry: Consensus #1 Pick Sets Sail for Majors
Bryce Harper. Phenom. Destroyer of baseballs. The 2010 version of Stephen Strasburg, as expected, was drafted #1 overall in Monday night’s 1st round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft which took place in Secaucus, New Jersey. This slugging catcher(and soon to be outfielder) put up eye-popping numbers as a 17-year-old at the University of Southern Nevada this year. Playing against kids two or more years older than him, using mostly a wooden bat, he hit .442 with a .524 on base percentage, 29 hrs, 89 rbis, and 18 stolen bases in 215 at bats. Even understanding that the competition is still mediocre, those numbers extrapolated across a full season would be legendary. Harper has been hyped for the last year or so as a “once-in-a-generation” type prospect, and, paired with Strasburg, gives the Nationals two centerstones to build around for years to come.
I remember seeing YouTube videos of Harper as a high school sophomore hitting 500-foot home runs, and thinking there is no way that could be real. It is very real. And in a few short years, my New York Mets, the N.L. East, and the entire National League are going to learn to fear the Nats. That is something I never thought would be possible, but I guess sucking for so long can have its benefits as well? Now all the Nationals need to do is deal with Harper and his super-agent, Scott Borass in what is guaranteed to be long and protracted negotiations where Boras will claim Harper is the next Arod and will try to squeeze the Nats for as much as he can. Good luck with that one, Nationals. That being said, no one can blame GM Mike Rizzo and the rest of the Washington staff if they’re not sleeping a little better tonight, knowing that they have “the Bryce is Right” on lockdown for a long time to come.