Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

by on December 18, 2010   3 Comments

Notorious for being one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball since moving to Washington, the Nationals have had several top draft picks to build their system from the ground up. They  have a deep, talented system; though their top ten may be deceiving due to Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, and Ian Desmond loosing prospect status last season. Although this list is far from the most impressive prospect list this season, the Nationals likely have the most exciting stock of players under 25. Additionally, Bryce Harper picks up any and all hype that Strasburg left behind. There are several top talents in this system that tend to get lost in the excitement surrounding Strasburg and Harper.

Nationals take Harper #1, Cox falls to Cards at #25

by on June 8, 2010   No Comments

The MLB Amateur Draft kicked off yesterday, and the number one overall pick came as no surprise.  17-year old phenom Bryce Harper was selected with the first overall pick by the Washington Nationals, as the Nationals decided that Harper’s raw talent outweighed any “character issues” some claimed could be a problem with Harper.  In all likelihood, there was never really any doubt in Washington as to who they would select first overall.

The 6 foot 3 inch Harper is widely regarded as the “LeBron James of baseball,” gaining national attention when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16.  Harper dropped out of high school in 2009 and obtained his GED, making him eligible for this years draft.

Harper enrolled in a community college, the College of Southern Nevada, and batted .442, with a .542 OBP and an absurd .986 slugging percentage.  Harper also smashed the school record of homeruns (12) by swatting 31 this past season.

Although Harper is currently a catcher, there is thought of him switching positions.  If Harper transitions to a corner outfield position, many believe he could reach the Majors within 3 years.  However, Harper will be most valuable to the Nationals as a catcher because of his incredible bat and there is still a possibility that he may remain a catcher because of this reason.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took 6 foot 7 inch right hander Jameson Tallion with the second overall pick.  The 18-year old pitcher attended The Woodlands High School in Texas, the same school that produced former Phillies first round pick and current Blue Jays prospect Kyle Drabek.  Tallion is raw, but has tremendous upside, with a fastball that tops out at 99 miles per hour and a plus-curveball.

The rest of the first round of the draft looked like this:

2010 MLB Draft Prospect Update 4/11/10

by on April 11, 2010   No Comments

Mid-season update on who’s stock is up and who’s stock in down as we look ahead to the 2010 MLB Draft.

Let the Bryce Harper Watch Begin

by on February 17, 2010   No Comments

In case you’ve been living in a hole the past couple of years, the projected #1 pick in the 2010 draft is a catcher named Bryce Harper, a freshman at Southern Nevada Junior College.

Harper has been considered a top prospects for a long time, but made waves last year when he earned his GED as a sophomore in high school in order to enter junior college in what would be his junior year.  This maneuver helps him enter the MLB draft a year early and not delay his multi-million dollar payday any second longer than it needed to be.

So far so good for Harper, who through today is hitting .349 (15-43) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 15 RBI in just 11 games.  He also boasts a .420 OBP, .744 SLG and three stolen bases.  The only place he has struggled so far is controlling the running game, only catching one of the first eight runners attempting to steal off of him.