Some Quick Thoughts on Bryce Harper
You know there must be something really special about a high school sophomore if they’re already projected to be the top overall talent in the 2011 draft. And you know that it’s even more special to already be regarded as one of the top high school talents to enter the draft in recent memory.
Already widely regarded as one of the top high school prospects in the entire nation, Bryce Harper (video here) is a baseball prodigy that seems destined for superstardom. The 6’2”, 170 pound catcher has good plate coverage and exceptional power from the left side of the plate. Harper garners a lot of comparisons to Joe Mauer (albeit with more power), and that alone gives us a sense of the type of player he projects to be—a middle of the order presence with outstanding defense. Harper flashes a plus-plus arm (a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale) with fine mechanics behind the plate. He’s the type of talent that all organizations crave, and whoever ends up with him is getting a franchise player.
Here’s a clip of Harper’s swing (lifted from Callyjr at Baseball-Fever.com):
I’m no expert on hitting mechanics, so I won’t pretend that I am. I wonder if the amount his head moves could be problematic, but this clip is from a home run derby and not in an actual game. His swing is absolutely gorgeous, and he generates a ton of power—in fact, he hit a 502’ home run during this showcase that might have left the old Yankee Stadium.
Of course, there runs a risk with any prospect, and Harper is by no means a sure thing. But he stands a very good chance at becoming an elite Major Leaguer in short time.