Major League Baseball’s draft begins this evening, and much like the 2009 MLB Draft, where Stephen Strasburg was unquestionably the number one option in the draft, the 2010 draft was set up to be very predictable as well.
This year’s number one pick will likely be the Bryce Harper. The 6’3″, 205 pound catcher appears to be one of baseball’s biggest potentials at the age of 17 years old. The “LeBron James of Baseball” has been the most highly regarded of prospects for some time now, and despite some solid players in the draft, will become the focus of the Washington Nationals offense in the coming seasons.
Harper was the 2009 Baseball America High School Player of the Year thanks to a .626 batting average, 14 home runs, and 55 runs batted in.
More impressive than that, Harper has started started taking classes and playing for the College of Southern Nevada in 2010 after receiving his GED last year. His numbers look like a Major League All Star in the making. While leading the team to regional and district championships, Bryce Harper batted .442 with a .986 slugging percentage, scoring 88 runs, hitting 29 home runs with 89 runs batted in.
Other feats include a 6-for-7 performance in the National Junior College World Series, which included hitting for the cycle. In the same tournament, Harper had a 6-for-6 game that included 4 home runs.
With tremendous upside, there is always some risks, and Harper’s temperament has been doubted by the naysayers, but most can remember having a “temperament” their own at 17 years old.
So, who will the Nationals take with their number one pick?
Good question, easy answer.
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