The Next Baseball Hero?

Andrew SandersContributor IFebruary 13, 2010

PHOENIX - OCTOBER 16:  General view as Washington Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg #37, playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, pitches in the Arizona Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on October 16, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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     Bryce Harper was born in October 1992. Yes, that means he is only 17. But this star catcher may very well be the next Babe Ruth. He may very well be the next Hank Aaron. He could very well be the next Willy Mays. So... who is this kid?

  Bryce Harper is 17 and already holds Major League Caliber records. For example, last year, he participated in a home run derby in Tropicana Field (home of the Rays). During that derby Harper hit a 502 ft home run. Five hundred and two. Wow.

    Also, a few years back in a high school baseball game, Harper hit an even longer, 570 ft home run!

   Yes, he may have been using a aluminum bat, but even Albert Pujols said he couldn't hit a home run that far with an aluminum bat.

  Last year Harper, being bored with high-school, dropped out and went straight to college as a 16 year old. MLB rules state that if he drops out of high school, and stays out for more than a year, can be drafted in the First Year Player Draft.

   This means, as a 17 year old, Harper will enter the MLB draft. Harper will be the youngest player to ever enter the draft.

   He is a projected #1 overall pick. That pick belongs to the Nationals.

    Imagine a team with Strasburg pitching, Adam Dunn at first, and Harper behind the plate, leading the team. Not only could the Nats turn into a contender, but one of the best teams in the MLB... They could become a dynasty.

     So, have we found the next all-time great? You tell me.