I’ll be looking at six players in this series — and collect scouting reports, and any other information I can find, for each one. Obviously, there is a possibility that the Orioles draft players other than these, but I want to focus on these elite talents. Here’s the full series:
1. Series Introduction
2. Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada
3. Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
5. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
6. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
7. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
8. Q & A with Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby
9. Examining the Orioles’ Options by Pat Hickey
10. Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)
11. Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)
So, first up is Bryce Harper, one of the most hyped draft prospects ever. He’s been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, hit a 500+ foot home run (using a metal bat) and is now 17 years old — playing ball at a junior college in a wood bat league.
Here are some scouting reports from around the web:
Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby has a pretty good rundown on Harper in his “Casing the States” series:
“I honestly don’t think there’s much I can say about this Harper that hasn’t already been said. He features plus-plus power and a plus-plus arm, as well as a solid-average hit tool, a solid-average catching profile, and solid-average speed. That’s one incredible package. The big debate seems to be about Harper’s long-term position, as he doesn’t catch full-time at CSN, sharing duties with a more experienced catcher. However, most scouts are realistic that he should at least get his chance behind the plate in the pros, as his value is maximized there. He’s improved his receiving this year out of necessity with the big arms he’s been catching, and scouts are giving fairly universally positive indications about his ability to handle a pitching staff. As much as has been made about his arrogance in some circles, Harper is actually a high-makeup player with an intense desire to succeed, and any team would love to get their hands on him come June. He’s the odds-on favorite for #1 overall, and though it might take $12-15 million to sign him, the Nationals are likely prepared to pay up.”
Like Andy said, there’s not much to say about Harper that hasn’t been said.
The Nationals are expected to take Harper with the first pick, but he’s the only player out of the six above that has basically no chance of being available at pick #3.