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Height/Weight: 6'3", 225
Drafted/Signed: 2010, first round (College of Southern Nevada)
High-A: .318/.423/.554, 19 SB, .236 ISO, 168 wRC+ (305 PA)
Double-A: .256/.329/.395, 7 SB, .140 ISO, 103 wRC+ (147 PA)
Overview: Scouts have always been reserved to assign an 80-grade to anything other than speed, let alone multiple tools. So the fact that Bryce Harper, 19, has two tools that grade as such—power and arm—speaks volumes about his potential. It’s not like his other tools lag behind—he possesses enough speed to swipe 20-plus bases, the ability to hit for average thanks to a line-to-line approach and the defensive prowess to stick in center field.
Some are irked by his overall cockiness and hard-nosed mentality on the field. But personally, I love it. Sure, it’s a bit immature at times, but he’ll always be the classic “hate to play against, love to have on your team” player.
In the face of unscrupulous criticism and unparalleled expectations, Harper has repeatedly thrived at every minor-league stop, and this year should be no different. Except to see him in the major leagues at some point in June.
Top 50 Ranking: No. 2