By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
September 26, 2010
The Washington Nationals had the first pick in the 2010 Draft, but you’d hardly know it. It’s not like they made a big deal about it or went after a guy everybody had heard of. I’m glad they didn’t take a guy who was taunting his future front office on Facebook or pick a guy who seems entitled. I’m glad they picked a guy who wasn’t shirtless on his Facebook photo last summer. At least he won’t have Rob Dibble to kick him around.
DRAFT STRATEGY: Bryce Harper. The Nationals are faithful Boras buyers. All I have to say is I hope the Nationals are thinking for themselves and not letting Boras think for them. They did get their next 12 guys not named Bryce signed, so that’s a good sign. Among the non-Bryce guys are a couple of good high school arms, right-hander A.J. Cole and left-hander Robbie Ray. Rick Hague is a solid get as far as college shortstops go. The same can be said for college left-hander Sammy Solis. You can’t expect Strasburg to pitch all five days, much less all five innings these days, so pitching depth is important and I think they addressed that. Left-hander Matt Grace was a good get in the 8th round and 7th rounder Kevin Keyes was probably as happy as Grace was not to go back to Cotuit this summer.
RISK/REWARD: Bryce Harper.
THE GUY WHO GOT AWAY: Not sure what the deal with right-hander Sean Hoelscher is, but he threw well when I saw him.
GUYS WHO MIGHT SURPRISE: Bryce Harper.
IF I HAD MY PICK: I like Buster Posey more than Bryce Harper.
SUMMARY: Bryce Harper.
OLD SCHOOL SCOUTING GRADE: Bryce Harper, the new and improved Manny Ramirez.