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]
Bryce Harper Is Baseball's Next Huge Prospect