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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Heyman: Calf slows Bryce, and prodigy admits he “probably’’ can’t make Nats

Slugging wunderkind Bryce Harper, 19, admitted today he doubts he can make the Nationals after missing a few key games with a calf issue. “Probably not,’’ he said in answer to a question about whether he can still has a chance to be picked to go north with the team. Then, he added, “It’s all good though.’‘

Harper has said from the moment he got to spring camp that his goal was to make the team. But he probably needed things to go perfectly to realistically make it, and he is smart enough to understand that. Nationals teammates say they are impressed by his speed as well as his power but a couple remarked that they haven’t seen him enough to make a judgment. Lost time was something Harper could ill afford if he was to realize his goal of making the Nats.

Harper plays and works hard (according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, he showed up at Space Coast Stadium at 7:15 a.m. today), and by all appearances he seems to have a terrific attitude, despite previous reports of excessive cockiness.

But mainly, he has great home-run potential. Harper, considered one of the top three prospects in baseball, has impressed Nats veterans with his prodigious power. “Outrageous,’’ Brad Lidge said. Harper was cranking balls in batting practice above an owl’s nest perched above the light tower in right field here. He swings with all his might and frequently connects.

Thanks to Wayne.

Repoz Posted: March 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: March 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4080181)
Harper, considered one of the top three prospects in baseball


Ok, so Matt Moore also has to be in the conversation but who is a realistic third for "best 'spect in baseball"? I'd take Harper over the lot of them anyway. As great as Moore's been through the minors, Harper is truly unusual.
   2. SG Posted: March 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM (#4080183)
Has to be Mike Trout, no?
   3. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: March 13, 2012 at 06:06 PM (#4080185)
Trout is the other.

EDIT: coke owed.
   4. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: March 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4080196)

Has to be Mike Trout, no?


*facepalm* Oof, egg on my face. I figured he'd lost his rookie eligibility during his time up last season. Danke. Trout definitely belongs with Harper/Moore.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4080226)
This is loser talk. Surely he's going to be a bust.
   6. MM1f Posted: March 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4080281)
ESPN (Law), Baseball Prospectus (Goldstein) and Baseball America all had Trout, Harper and Moore as the top three prospects in the game but each chose a different one of the three as the #1 prospect on their list. All three acknowledged that there isn't a huge difference between any of the top three, it is essentially those three and the then a gap to the #4 prospect in baseball.
   7. Squash Posted: March 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4080289)
This is loser talk. Surely he's going to be a bust.

I was thinking the same thing. Someone needs to check his American citizenship.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM (#4080301)
All three acknowledged that there isn't a huge difference between any of the top three, it is essentially those three and the then a gap to the #4 prospect in baseball.


And the consensus #4 prospect is ... who else? Octavio Dotel.
   9. boteman Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4080360)
And the consensus #4 prospect is ... who else? Octavio Dotel.

You must mean Hector Elizondo Rodriguez Ramirez Goyko Ortiz Rivera Chacon Puño Patidoblao? He's no longer a prospect, he's actually 39 years old.

But they say Bryce Harper is in the best shape of his life. Just look at his BP swings!
   10. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM (#4080651)
"We can't start the clock on Harper Opening Day! It'll cost us millions!"
"But we have to tell the media that he has a chance to make the team, or they'll barbecue us!"
"Well...tell the kid to fake an injury. Calf, maybe."
"You're a genius!"
   11. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4080658)
One Nationals person said he thought Harper would hit .220 in the majors and that "he'd probably run into twenty homers.'' If that's true, it shouldn't be a tough call. That's no way to start his major-league career.

That sounds familiar...
   12. Cris E Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4080697)
So did Heyman suggest that Damon could fill Harper's roster spot?

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