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Why is anyone asking Kevin Frandsen's opinion about anything?
but anyone who has watched the Nats play know he's the best young hitter on the team. The only reason this is "controversial" for Fransden to say aloud is due to the oversell of Harper and the cult of his Brycieness.
Bryce Harper is the Matt Wieters of Washington.
Rendon is having a very good year so far, no question. In his age 24 season (turning 24 in a month) he's got a 131 OPS+ so far.
The only real concern with Harper, and it's very real, is his inability to stay on the field. But he's obviously the better young player, even if Rendon is also quite good.
The Royals really whiffed, taking Starling when Rendon, Bradley, Lindor, Baez, Springer, and Fernandez were all available. Ouch.
10 Padres Cory Spangenberg
Bryce is at 125 in 279 games and he's younger.
Bryce Harper is 20!! Yes, he may not stay healthy but to say that Rendon is a better talent than Harper is sort of silly. He may end up with a better full career (I doubt it but if Harper can't stay healthy, it is a possibility) but he isn't a better talent.
I was about to say he doesn't look THAT bad...except outside of going nuts in rookie ball for a month he's been at league or below ever since
He handles 2B and 3B very well defensively and he is a great hitter to watch.
Frandsen is praising Rendon, an under-appreciated & relatively unknown player, who's having a great season thus far. In order to enhance the "newsworthiness" of these comments by the even more unknown Frandsen, the headline spins this as a dig at Harper, which doesn't seem like how it was intended.
The sooner Zimmerman moves to first base and frees up third for Rendon the better.
I'm not sure Zimmerman will ever be really good again. Arthritis in a shoulder does not bode well for projecting superior future performance.
I wonder if Frandsen carries any residual anti-Harper sentiment from his days in the opposite dugout. His former teammate once threw at Brycey just for sport.
Wasn't Rendon the best hitter in college baseball when he was at Rice?
Bryce Harper is 20!!
When Harper is the age Rendon is now, he well may be the better player.
Isn't that essentially what I said? Harper's talent (I used the word "potential") is sky-high, but as someone who has watched him day-in, day-out for the last 2 & 1/2 years now, I really do think there are grounds for fearing he will "Pete Reiser" himself out of the full realization of that talent. Also -- and hopefully this is just a function of youth -- he strikes me as a rather psychologically 'vulnerable' player. Things get to him and knock him off his game, and it takes him a long time to recalibrate.
Top of that draft:
1 Pirates Gerrit Cole
2 Mariners Danny Hultzen
3 Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer
4 Orioles Dylan Bundy
5 Royals Bubba Starling
6 Nationals Anthony Rendon
And Charlie Blackmon has also been a much more impressive young player than Bryce Harper, as well as Jason Heyward, Yasiel Piug, Jose Abreu, and Paul Goldschmidt. For nearly a month and a half!
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