Bryce Harper Is Baseball's Next Huge Prospect
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He's Only 16, But The Hype Level For Bryce Harper Is Already Set At 11 Out Of 10.

6/4/09 in HS Baseball   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Every time a new prospect comes around, the hype machine starts rolling. Whether it's someone like Kobe or LeBron out of high school, Terrelle Pryor heading into Ohio State, or a future hockey star like Sidney Crosby, people always want to project greatness on them, and it all snowballs from there.

So who's the latest cog in the wheel of the never ending hype creator? Bryce Harper, a sophomore in high school from Las Vegas, Nevada.

That's right, a sophomore. He's 16 years old, but that won't stop Tom Verducci and Sports Illustrated from annointing him the "LeBron James of baseball".

How good is he? He has supposedly hit a 570 foot home run, and can throw 96 miles per hour. One MLB scout says that if he were in this year's draft, he would be selected with one of the top 2 overall picks, along with San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg.

Why is it that we feel the need to gush over a guy who is shredding high school pitching, and is still at least 2 years from playing a game that actually matters?

There have been tons of highly hyped players who fizzled out. For every Ken Griffey, Jr. and LeBron, there's a Brien Taylor or a Kwame Brown. Will Bryce Harper live up to the immense hype? We'll find out in a few years. But can we just relax for now? Let the kid play... we can hype him up when he gets to the Bigs.


Baseball's LeBron [Sports Illustrated]
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9/11/09   |   mindabert2007

PRETTY GOOD

9/4/09   |   solomonmathew56

what you attivated is what you have in your hand and not what you do not have.

9/1/09   |   kywildman14

good score 11 out of 10

6/20/09   |   catchtheball88

omg awesome! i read the magizine 2!!!

6/5/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
No surprise there.. He's already telling the Rockies this kid is gonna cost them $100 million to sign after the 2011 draft

Rick Sutcliffe echoed your point the other night during ESPN"S coverage.  He was actually talking about the supposed #1 pick this year from San Diego State when he stated that most #1's are already being ignored by most teams because they know that can't afford to give them high signing bonuses plus contracts.  I wouldn't recomend anyone to Scott Boras.

6/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Seems like every one of these baseball prodigies ends up being a bust.... the only one in recent memory that I can think of that actually worked out is A-Rod.

6/4/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 Brien Taylor would have been great if he did not get into a bar fight and hurt himself.

6/4/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25095 respect

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Uh-oh. He already has Scott Boras as an advisor.

No surprise there.. He's already telling the Rockies this kid is gonna cost them $100 million to sign after the 2011 draft

6/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

drn0iswatr wrote:
 I saw this last night in ESPN the mag....very sweet. Hope he does well.

you think hes sweet?

6/4/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 I saw this last night in ESPN the mag....very sweet. Hope he does well.

6/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

remember that little leaguer that ended up being like 5 years older then the rest of the kids.......same thing here. Mark my words.