Tag:Bryce Harper
Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 8:33 pm

Harper not on Arizona Fall League roster

Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were released Tuesday, and can be viewed and sorted here.

One thing that looks like a big deal, but probably isn't, is that the Nationals do not list top draft pick Bryce Harper. He is going to play in instructional league games in Florida, and can still be added to the AFL if he makes a good showing.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:23 pm

Top pick Harper puts on BP show

Bryce Harper Hey look, the Nationals signed Adam Lambert!

Oh wait, that's just Bryce Harper, sporting his jet-black faux-hawk, his latest look-at-me twist since the team told him he can't wear his signature war paint. Because it's, you know, dumb.

Anyway, the recently signed top overall draft pick was introduced at Nationals Park on Thursday, then took batting practice. According to onlookers, the 17-year-old slugger put on quite a power display. He hit the upper deck more than once and spread the ball around the field.

Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein, for one, was impressed.

"He's not just guiding the ball around, but he's swinging the bat and putting a very powerful, compact swing on the ball and reacting to where the ball is pitched," Eckstein told MASNsports.com. "Usually, young hitters typically hit to one side of the field. They don't understand what staying through the ball is, truly staying through it, and all these little terms we talk about a lot. The things he was talking about were definitely a more advanced thought process and feel for hitting."

Harper will apparently work out at the team's spring-training facility in Florida (there had been speculation he'd play in the Gulf Coast League, but that season ends Saturday) before starting his professional career in the Arizona Fall League.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:13 pm

Clubs make room for draft picks

Bryce Harper Last night three drafted players were signed to major-league contracts, so today it's come time for those teams -- the Nationals, Reds and Cardinals -- to make room for their new players on the 40-man roster.

Two of those teams, the Nationals and Cardinals, moved players from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

The Nationals moved right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano from one DL to the other to make room for Bryce Harper, while the Cardinals moved right-hander Adam Ottavino to the 60-day DL.

To make room for Yasmani Grandal, the Reds designated for assignment right-hander Micah Owings. Owings, 27, is already pitching at Triple-A Louisville. With a glut of starters, the Reds moved Owings to the bullpen this season, with him going 3-2 with a  5.40 ERA in 22 games. He is also arbitration-eligible after the season.

Owings is actually better-known for his bat than his arm. In 198 big league plate appearances, Owings has a slash line of .293/.323/.538 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Any team that claims him on waivers could toy with the idea of turning him into a first baseman or designated hitter, he certainly has enough pop in his bat to do that. This season he was 3 for 14 with a  homer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 12:33 am

Details on Harper deal

Former major-league general manager and current radio host Jim Bowden says via Twitter that he has spoken with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, and that top pick Bryce Harper's deal is for a little under $10 million and is a major-league contract.

The money makes sense. You figured agent Scott Boras would insist Harper get the top package ever given to a position player (Mark Teixeira got $9.8 million) but that he wouldn't eclipse the overall mark of $15.067 million for pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Pitchers generally sign for more than position players in the top rounds.

The major-league contract is a bit more curious, given that Harper is just 17 years old. This means he goes on the 40-man roster (costing the Nationals one of their 40-man players), and that every year he doesn't make the big-league roster out of camp they have to burn one of his options sending him out.

Translation: The Nationals would not have agreed to that unless they thought Harper was already close to the majors. Hard to think of a player that young ever getting drafted with a major-league deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:27 am

Zimmerman not happy with Harper, either

Ryan Zimmerman The only knock against first overall pick Bryce Harper was his attitude -- and it seems to have already rubbed his future teammates the wrong way.

Although the Nationals have been in this signing waiting game before -- Stephen Strasburg went down to the last minute last year and Aaron Crow didn't sign at all the year before -- but this one is different, said the Nationals' best player.

Ryan Zimmerman had this rant to the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore without even using Harper's name.
"Stephen was on a very different level from this guy," Zimmerman said. "I mean, this guy has done well at a junior college. Obviously, he's very talented. But I think Stephen, there was a lot more to him. Obviously, it would be good for us to sign him. I think the people are very smart. They understand talent, recognize talent. I don't know what he's asking for or what the numbers are, but Stephen was a completely different story than anyone else. I hope he signs and we get him. He has a chance to be a very good player.

"Stephen, we knew as soon as we drafted him he was going to be ready to come here and pitch. Very rarely do you see 20 year-old kids come up. So he's three years away. It's always different with pitchers and position players as well."

"It's just the business," Zimmerman said. "It doesn't mean he's a bad kid. I've heard all the stuff about his this and that. I'm open to meeting him. You don't get that kind of hype if you're not legit or somewhat legit, at least. I mean, it'll be interesting to see what he's doing."
While Strasburg is pulling a "do-as-he-says, not-as he does" criticizing Harper , while he went to the last minute to sign his contract. Zimmerman, on the other hand, signed very soon after he was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 draft and was called up later that year.

At the time, Zimmerman said , "I didn't want to be one of those guys that sits out the whole summer. I don't know how I could deal without a summer of baseball."

It's unlikely Harper doesn't sign, but it's just as unlikely that it doesn't come down to the wire.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 10:48 pm

Draft signing deadline looms

As has become chic, it looks like most of the first-round draft picks are going to come down to the wire.

It's not just Bryce Harper, 17 of the first 32 picks have yet sign a deal, while six of the 18 supplemental picks are unsigned.

So, going into the last day, here's who is unsigned and the latest.

1. Bryce Harper (Nationals) -- Last year's No. 1 is talking tough , despite taking it to the last minute last year. Most are expecting a deal to get done, but it's unlikely to happen until near the deadline. Harper didn't leave high school early to go back to junior college another year.
2. Jameson Tailon (Pirates) -- the Pirates met with the agent for Tailon (and the team's second-round pick, Stetson Allie) for nearly seven hours on Saturday and things look good.
3. Manny Machado (Orioles) -- the Orioles say they're not concerned about Machado getting away.
4. Christian Colon (Royals) -- signed.
5. Drew Pomeranz (Indians) -- things are pretty quient in Cleveland, but Pomeranz's signing could set the ceiling for college pitchers in this draft if he gets it done soon enough.
6. Barret Loux (Diamondbacks) -- The right-hander from Texas A&M failed his physical and the Diamondbacks are unlikely to sign him , earning the team the No. 7 pick in next year's draft.
7. Matt Harvey (Mets) -- the Mets are confident they'll sign Harvey , but he's represented by Scott Boras, so it'll likely come down to the wire.
8. Delino DeShields Jr. (Astros) -- signed.
9. Karsten Whitson (Padres) -- Whitson has already taken his physical and the Padres feel good that he'll sign.
10. Michael Choice (A's) -- signed.
11. Deck McGuire (Blue Jays) -- everyone involved expects this one to go down to the wire .
12. Yasmani Grandal (Reds) -- Grandal was in Cincinnati this weekend to take his physical and is expected sign Monday.
13. Chris Sale (White Sox) -- Sale shows why it's good to not drag this whole process out until the deadline, he's already made four apperances in relief for the White Sox and has yet to allow a run .
14. Dylan Covey (Brewers) -- all is quiet on this front , but there's no reason to believe it won't go down.
15. Jake Skole (Rangers) -- signed.
16. Hayden Simpson (Cubs) -- signed.
17. Josh Sale (Rays) -- Sale posted on his Facebook page that he was headed to Florida on Sunday , so expect him to sign on Monday.
18. Kaleb Cowart (Angels) -- the Angels have reportedly "moved closer" to signing him.
19. Michael Foltynewicz (Astros) -- signed.
20. Kolbrin Vitek (Red Sox) -- signed.
21. Alex Wimmers (Twins) -- signed.
22. Kellin Deglan (Rangers) -- signed.
23. Christian Yelich (Marlins) -- Yelich's future is in South Florida -- if he doesn't sign with the Marlins, he's already signed with the University of Miami.
24. Gary Brown (Giants) -- The Giants say talks are "encouraging" with the center fielder.
25. Zack Cox (Cardinals) -- St. Louis doesn't expect to sign their first-rounder until close to the deadline .
26. Kyle Parker (Rockies) -- The first player to throw 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in one school year, Parker is practicing with the Clemson Tigers football team and his signing may be one of the biggest question marks of the deadline.
27. Jesse Biddle (Phillies) -- signed.
28. Zach Lee (Dodgers) -- after the Dodgers had reportedly not made contact with the LSU quarterback, the team has reportedly made a late push to sign Lee .
29. Cam Bedrosian (Angels) -- signed.
30. Chevez Clarke (Angels) -- signed.
31. Justin O'Conner (Rays) -- signed.
32. Cito Culver (Yankees) -- signed.

supplemental round picks

33. Michael Kvasnicka (Astros) -- signed.
34. Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) -- signed.
35. Matthew Lipka (Braves) -- signed.
36. Bryce Brentz (Red Sox) -- signed.
37. Taylor Lindsey (Angels) -- signed.
38. Noah Snydergaard (Blue Jays) -- signed.
39. Anthony Ranaudo (Red Sox) -- the LSU pitcher has been quiet since being drafted and could return to LSU for his senior season .
40. Ryan Bolden (Angels) -- signed.
41. Asher Wojciechowski (Blue Jays) -- signed.
42. Drew Vettleson (Rays) -- Like fellow Rays draft pick Sale, Vettleson advertised on Facebook that he was headed to Tampa on Sunday.
43. Taijuan Walker (Mariners) -- signed.
44. Nick Castellanos (Tigers) -- Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said the team only started "intense" talks in the last week .
45. Luke Jackson (Rangers) -- A signing is expected to be announced on Monday .
46. Seth Blair (Cardinals) -- signed.
47. Peter Tago (Rockies) -- like fellow Rockies signee Parker, not a whole lot has been reported about Tago's status.
48. Chance Ruffin (Tigers) -- like Castellanos, Dombrowski said the team has only started "intense" talks in the last week.
49. Mike Olt (Rangers) -- signed.
50. Tyrell Jenkins (Cardinals) -- signed.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:29 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 5:30 pm

Strasburg has strong words for Harper

For the second time in a year, the Nationals are going down to the wire with the No. 1 draft pick.

Last year Stephen Strasburg was looking out for himself, but now under contract, he's got some strong words for Bryce Harper.

Here's what he told reporters (via Nats Insider ):
"I don't have any advice for him. It's his decision. If he wants to play here, he's going to play here. He doesn't need advice from anybody convince him otherwise. If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here." Really, couldn't he have left it after the first sentence considering he was the guy people were saying the same thing about a year ago? Shouldn't he understand a little more?

Harper has until midnight tomorrow to sign. Strasburg and puppet master Scott Boras famously waited until 11:59 to agree on his record contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 1:09 am

Nationals 'working hard' to sign Harper

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn't sound discouraged about negotiations with overall No. 1 draft pick Bryce Harper, even though he's staring down Scott Boras with two days before the deadline to sign June picks.

Rizzo was in a similar position last year with No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg, also represented by Boras. The deal was submitted to Major League Baseball seconds before midnight.

Bryce Harper "[Harper is] a player we really want in the organization," Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com. "The talks and the negotiations are always difficult, and they're always unique. This is a unique situation just like Stephen Strasburg. We're battling through it. We don't make a big public display of it. Suffice to say, we are working hard at [trying to sign him]."

In case you'd forgotten why the 17-year-old Harper was the no-question No. 1, Ladson recounts some of the Las Vegas native's stats, which are pretty surreal:

In 2008, Harper had a .599 batting average with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs in 38 games for Las Vegas High School. He followed that up with a .626 batting average, 14 home runs and 55 RBIs the next season.

Playing against a high level of competition and hitting with a wooden bat didn't present much of a challenge to Harper at the College of Southern Nevada. The 17-year-old hit .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the 2010 regular season. And in the National Junior College World Series, Harper hit for the cycle while going 6-for-7. The next day, he went 2-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader and 6-for-6 with four home runs in the nightcap.

Last week I posed the argument that the Nationals might be better off walking away if Harper's demands were unreasonable, but there's no doubt he's got the potential to be something special.

-- David Andriesen

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