The Washington Nationals finished with the worst record in the last two MLB seasons. It sure does not sound good but there is an upside to it on the other hand. Two seasons ago, they drafted number one pick Stephen Strasburg. This year, they have another promising player in for a number one pick in Bryce Harper.
Harper has been hailed as the LeBron James of baseball. At 16, he has appeared on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated. Standing 6-foot-3 at 225 pounds, the 17-year old power hitting Bryce has agreed to a five-year deal worth $9.9 million. This is a record of sorts as the biggest deal for a non-pitcher who did not become a free agent.
Seeing Harper play with Strasburg would be interesting for the Nationals. Harper, who has played catcher as an amateur, is being groomed to play right field. He is expected to hone his skills in the Gulf Coast League and should be joining the major league spring training in February.