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1.1 Washington Nationals - Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada

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The Nationals have selected Bryce Harper. Here is his profile:

Bryce Harper   Position: C   School: CC of Southern Nevada   State: NV   Year: Fr.   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 205

Bats: L   Throws: R   Birth Date: 10/16/92   Seiler Rating: 1A2   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2010

62

215

88

95

22

4

29

89

18

4

35

39

.442

.524

.986


Bryce Harper is a little-known catcher from the Community College of Southern Nevada. Scouts always come to games not knowing who he is, and they leave unimpressed. I’m obviously being facetious, but there’s really nothing I can write about Harper that hasn’t already been written. He’s a junior college freshman who gave up his last two years of high school at Las Vegas High in order to jump ahead to the 2010 draft class, where he became the top talent in the class. He is easily the most physically talented player in this class, as well, and there isn’t a bat that comes close to his talent. He has a solid-average to above-average hit tool, plus-plus raw power that gets 80 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he’s an average to fringe-average runner. He’s played catcher, third base, and the outfield spots this spring, but his positional home has been catcher for a number of years. He’s made big strides this spring catching quality pitching, and even though he’s roughly average with the glove, he has a plus-plus ;  a second tool that gets 80s on the scouting scale. He is the odds-on favorite to be picked number one overall by the Nationals, and everyone would be shocked for it to go down another way. He’ll sign at the August deadline and make record money for a bat.