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Bryce Harper speaks

Jun 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

Just a few hours before Stephen Strasburg steps onto the field at Nationals Park for his big-league debut, that other No. 1 draft pick held a conference call with us beat writers.

Bryce Harper didn't have a ton of enlightening things to say. Much like Strasburg last year at this time, Harper has been well-coached by agent Scott Boras (who's here at the park today, by the way) to talk his way around anything remotely controversial.

So Harper had nothing really to say about: 1) When or if he'll be signing with the Nats, 2) How he feels about moving to right field, or 3) How soon he believes he can reach the major leagues.

He did, however, acknowledge that he's fine getting rid of the eye black/war paint look. And he will try to catch some of tonight's game on TV, though he'll be flying home from Orange County to Las Vegas during part of the proceedings.

(My take: Like Strasburg, this doesn't sound like a kid who expects to be playing any baseball before Aug. 15.)

Here's the best of the rest from the Nats' newest top draft pick…

On playing right field: "I'm pretty excited. I played right field a couple times with [Team] USA and the College of Southern Nevada. I'm pretty stoked about that. But wherever they need me, I'll play. I don't really care. It's just a great fit right now, and I can't wait to getRead more »

  1. bobn - Jun 8, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    You think they will draft his brother? Life in the minors can be difficult for a very rich, very young devout Mormon.

  2. Sasskuash - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Hope he signs, and I can't wait for him to come through Potomac (if he does sign). However, I don't want him to get to MLB as soon as he can. I would rather Harper/ the Nats wait until he's at least 21 (if not later). Most players don't hit their athletic prime until the 27-32 age period (roughly). I want as many of those prime years to be in a Nats uniform as possible before he goes to the Yankees. If Harper comes up at the age of 19, he's a free agent by 25 or 26, and he is playing the best baseball of his life in New York.

  3. Mark L - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Pitchers are all over the map, but information on hitters is very clear: their best years are 27 & 28, period. That said, I agree agree with sasskuash.





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