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UPDATE: The Nationals MAY pick Bryce Harper

Apr 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is not nearly as sure about the Nats choosing Bryce Harper. He quotes the Nats Director of Amateur Scouting as saying “I don’t think that’s etched in stone” about it.

Yeah, whatever. I suppose he has to say that because if he admits that the Harper is the guy now he just gives Scott Boras several more months to plan his negotiating strategy, but someone’s going to have to make a really strong case to not select Bryce Harper for me to believe that the Nats won’t, and so far I haven’t seen it.

9:15 A.M. There’s a parlor game going on right now in which people who know a thing or two about the amateur draft are scanning around looking for ballplayers not named Bryce Harper who the Nats could or should take with their first pick.

Not gonna happen. MASN’s Ben Goessling reports that the Nats have already made up their mind on the matter, and it’s going to be Harper barring anything wacko happening like him spontaneously combusting or coming down with a case of Beriberi or something.

Worth noting that some people suggested the Nats should stay away from Stephen Strasburg last year too.  They were just as silly as the people who think they shouldn’t draft Harper.

  1. ecp - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Sheesh, “insider” reports from months ago were that the Nats were intending to take Harper and were proceeding with their preparatory plans for that (whatever sort of preparatory plans are needed – saving money, sucking up to Scott Boras more, or whatever). It’s pundits, bloggers, and fans associated who have suggested otherwise, mostly as a result of wishful thinking. Heck, I even read something that examined scenarios where Yankees fans were thinking he could drop to them at 30th, I suppose perhaps to console themselves after Joe Mauer told them to take a flying leap.

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