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Getting to know hype machine Bryce Harper

May 15, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

Bryce Harper cover small.jpgWant to get better acquainted with 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper before he’s (almost certainly) drafted No. 1 overall by the Nationals this June?  Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post wrote a great piece about him this afternoon, collecting opinions about the prodigy’s attitude and personality from several different sources.  It’s worth reading the entire article, but here are some quick Harper facts:

  • He can throw a 96 MPH fastball.
  • He’s capable of playing a variety of positions, but really wants to catch as a professional.
  • His father helped build the Las Vegas Strip, laying rebar for 27 years.
  • Harper led the National Junior College Athletic Association with 23 homers, 68 RBI, a .917 slugging percentage and 71 runs this year.
  • The next-highest player in the conference had 11 home runs.
  • Harper scored a 4.0 GPA in the fall at the College of Southern Nevada.
  • There are only 22 days until the draft.

Harper undoubtedly has a swagger about him.  He wipes his face with eye black before every game and has a whole routine as he steps into the batter’s box that seems a little LeBron James-like.  But he is most definitely a competitor and an incredible talent with a better-than-expected background.

  1. Wee Willy Herbert - May 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Harper wants to be drafted by the mighty Yankees. That is why his agent is asking for so much money. He is hoping that the other teams choke on his financial demands and that the Yankees will be able to draft him.

  2. Giraffe Monsoon - May 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Well he certainly doesn’t have to worry about cheapskate owner Bob Nutting and the Pirates drafting him if the Expos (I mean Nationals, same thing) should happen to pass on him.

  3. largebill - May 22, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Even if the first couple teams pass on him over concerns about make up or pecuniary demands, he won’t make it past the fifth spot in the draft. There is absolutely no chance he is still on the board when the Yankees draft.

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