2010 MLB Draft Preview – Bryce Harper Scouting Report

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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.

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10 Responses

  1. Charles Brown
    Charles Brown April 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    It would be nice if the Nats blew this pick, unfortunately I don’t see that happening. Taillon should be the next best player. The problem is going to be the Bucs, who knows who they are going to draft. Pomeranz could be interesting, Matszu like stuff. McGuire is from Va., some mocks have the O’s drafting him, although if would be a reach at the #3 pick. Your prospective draft list is right on, maybe missing Cole if anyone.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan April 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

      Yeah, I think it’s a lock that Harper will be drafted by the Nats. The Pirates tend to go with college players, so hopefully they go with McGuire or Pomeranz which will allow us to nab Taillon. McGuire would definitely be a reach at #3, I don’t want him that early.

      I tried to keep the list a little short, so I left off Cole.

  2. wiestlingjr
    wiestlingjr April 26, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    Looking at harpers stats at the community college he is doing some damage even though he is 17. 21 HR’s and 59 RBI’s. On the other hand, this is only a community college, its a lot different than minor league, and major league baseball. I think he will be good, but it will take longer to develop him because he is so young.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan April 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

      He’s pretty much a high schooler so playing against this competition is still pretty impressive. It’s also a wood bat league. How long do you think it takes him to develop? I’ll go with 2-3 years.

      1. Barry Wiestling
        Barry Wiestling April 27, 2010 at 7:11 am |

        I would say about 3-5. It is to his advantage that he has been using wood bats. This is where I’ve seen many great college and high school hitter struggle. I think he just needs to mature and adjust to great pitching at the next level.

        1. Jordan
          Jordan April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |

          Yeah, I guess so. He’s a few years ahead of the curve though. Top high school hitters in past years have started at A ball, Harper could start at A+. That would put him about 3 years away from the bigs.

          1. wiestlingjr
            wiestlingjr April 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

            Yeah, He is ahead of the curve. The nationals will be getting a great pick with him. The kid is a phenom who has so much natural ability.

            1. Jordan
              Jordan April 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm |

              Unbelievable raw talent, lucky have the Nats 30 mins away from me so I’ll see Strasburg and Harper. Hoping to make it to Strasburg’s MLB debut!