Scouting Report: Bryce Harper – RF – WAS

Bryce Harper – RF – Washington Nationals. Bats: L Throws: R. 6’3″ 225. DOB: 10.16.92. College: College of Southern Nevada (JUCO). Drafted: 1st Round (1st Overall) 2010.

Scouted:

Greensboro @ Hagerstown – June 7, 2011 (In Person)

Richmond @ Harrisburg – August 10, 2011 (In Person)

Scouting Report by Brent Koesters, Minor League Correspondent. Written June 8th 2011.

When I walked up to Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, I couldn’t help but think I had gone back to 1988 and was in the filming of Bull Durham. Hagerstown Municipal Stadium is an old school outdated ballpark that could definitely use some work, par for the course in A ball. I couldn’t help but think that Bryce Harper would be bigger than the game. After all, the night before he had infamously blown a kiss at the opposing pitcher after a late inning homerun. However, watching Harper in warmups and in action, it was easy to see this wasn’t the case. Many analysts use the terms arrogant or cocky when describing the nature of Harper but my view of Harper Tuesday night was that he has embraced his teammates and the town of Hagerstown and although he is bigger than the game, doesn’t let it show at all and Bryce Harper is baseball in Hagerstown. Whether it be in the middle of a game of flip in pre-game warmups or signing numerous autographs for youngsters, it was a great sign to see and watching Bryce Harper just one night you can tell he has “it”.

Year

Class

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2008

FR

HS

11

67

.599

2009

SO

HS

115

76

72

22

9

14

55

36

.626

2010

FR

JUCO

66

228

98

101

23

4

31

98

20

39

43

.443

.526

.987

2010

AFL

9

35

6

12

3

2

1

7

1

4

11

.353

.410

.629

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A+

72

258

49

82

17

1

14

46

19

44

61

.318

.423

.554

2011

EL

AA

37

129

14

33

7

1

3

12

7

15

26

.256

.329

.395

2011

TOT

2 Lgs

109

452

63

115

24

2

17

58

26

59

87

.297

.392

.501


Hitting

It wasn’t a flashy night at the plate for Harper, but his 2011 numbers speak for themselves. He had a 1/3 night with a walk. No, that 1 hit wasn’t his 15th homerun of the season. In fact, it was a bunt single with runners on 2ndand 3rd that cut the Greensboro lead to 2-1 in the 3rd. Again, another sign that Harper has embraced Hagerstown and is there to win. In 4 plate appearances, he brought patience and a lethal swing to the plate. He did wave at a 2-2 slider in the dirt in the first, but as we all know those strikeouts are a part of being a slugger. Plate discipline will be a key for him and his development. Surprisingly, Greensboro went right at Harper but as he moves up the ranks, I expect to see his walks exceed strikeouts. One thing’s for sure, Bryce Harper draws a crowd and everyone watches when he steps into the batter’s box.


Power

There is no questioning his power. At 6’3” 230 lbs, with a lethal swing, he is built to drive the ball out of the biggest of major league parks.


Speed

He has stolen 12 bases on the season and does have above average speed. Don’t get me wrong, stealing bases won’t be a big part of his game at the big league level. He will be more of a power guy.


Arm

In a word, amazing. We had the pleasure of seeing him unleash the cannon for 2 throws to 3rd base from right field on Tuesday night. On both, the entire crowd was on the edge of their seat. No question that Hagerstown loves having Bryce Harper around on a nightly basis and he alone puts fans in the seats.


Defense

With his speed and arm strength, he has the ability to be a gold glover in right field. Remember, he was a catcher until this year and with that come a number of instincts and soft hands that only help in right field.


Future

No question the future is bright for this young superstar. Does he have a lot to learn? Absolutely. But, remember he’s only 18. It’s easy to see that he’s comfortable between the lines and is embraced by the fans in Hagerstown and his teammates. He’s had a lot of exposure and a lot of hype in his young career and if you ask me, he’s handled all of it very well. Things are only going to get tougher for him and he has to grow up but that’s the process for every 18 year old. I fully expect a September 2012 callup for Harper and believe the sky’s the limit. Dropping bombs, blowing kisses……that’s what Bryce Harper does. He’s an unquestioned 5 tool player and his mental makeup only brings out those talents more. As I wrote earlier, he has “it” and is destined for an All Star career.

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