Speaking of uber-prospects, I’m sure you’ve all heard of Bryce Harper by now. He was featured on the cover of a Sports Illustrated edition last year, and he took his GED so that he could skip has last two years of high school and be available for the 2010 Draft at age 17.
Harper is currently playing for the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes, one of the better junior college teams. The team is 21-5 so far this year, and Harper is by far the best hitter on the team, despite being a year or two younger than any other player on the team.
For comparison purposes, Harper is hitting .422. The next best Coyote is hitting .367.
Harper is slugging .867. The next best Coyote is at .534.
Finally, Harper has a .510 on-base percentage, while the next best Coyote is at .464.
BTW, the Coyotes are incredibly good at getting on base. They have six starters with on-base percentages of .400 or higher and eight with OBPs above .380. The team plays in a league that appears to use a DH, so they have one guy who isn’t pulling his weight in that regard.
That player is not Scott Ryan. Ryan is hitting a feeble .163 in 43 ABs, but he has a .403 OBP, thanks to 14 walks and four HBP. Those are the kind of numbers I put up my last two years in little leagues, when the bases and mound were pushed back to 90 feet and 60 feet respectively, and I was the smallest player in the league. Needless to say, I batted lead-off, stole second a lot (especially against right-handed pitchers) and scored a lot of runs, even though I couldn’t hit a lick.
The long and the short of it is that there is very little reason at this moment not to project Bryce Harper as the top prospect in the 2010 Draft.