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The Golden Sombrero’s Top 50 Prospects: #1 – Bryce Harper (Video)

#1 Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals


DOB: 10-16-1992

ETA: 2013

What can we tell you that you don’t already know about this living legend?  Bryce Harper had a 30/30 season at a JUCO.  A JUCO!  He then was selected 1st overall as a 17-year-old and later signed for a $6.25 million signing bonus that came equipped with a 40-man spot.  Harper then made his way to the taxi squad in the Arizona Fall League where he slashed a .343/.410/.629 line.  He is expected to start the year in Class A and potentially finish in Double-A.  He is then expected to start 2011 in Double-A and finish up with a small cup in September.

He then will begin 2012 in Triple-A and be the CF in DC by June.  Maybe.  I doubt it.  Harper has never been challenged on a baseball field by anyone except himself.  He should completely outclass everyone he faces in the low Minors and warrant a promotion within a couple of weeks.  I don’t expect much of a difference in Double-A, so I would be surprised if he does not have a pretty nice collection of Triple-A at-bats by the start of the 2012 season.

Anyway…enough with the predictions.  Harper is the best hitting prospect ever.  The hype is as real as it gets, and with a true 80 power grade, he possesses more power than almost anyone in the game today.  He has the highest hit tool score in the Nats organization with a legitimate 70.  His arm is double-plus at least, and his athleticism and instincts should allow him to play center now that Jayson Werth is in right for the foreseeable future in Washington.  Hell. Maybe he’ll snag a few starts behind the dish.  You know, just for fun.  Harper has no equivalent in the baseball world today, and anything short of a Hall of Fame career will somehow seem less than acceptable with this once in a generation set of skills.

This concludes our ranking of baseball’s top 50 prospects.  We hope that you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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