Between Blake Griffin likely going No. 1 in next week's NBA draft and the Nationals gearing up for a negotiating battle over Stephen Strasburg more intense than anything the team will manage on the field, it's hard to start thinking ahead to 2010 drafts. But thanks to Bryce Harper, baseball's next selection process is going to be a story for the next year.
Even if two weeks ago, 80 percent of SportsNation didn't know who he was.
Harper is the 16-year-old prodigy who landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated and will skip his final two years of high school to earn a GED and participate in next summer's draft.
If you were advising Bryce Harper, would you recommend he go the route he's going (CC, then draft eligible presumably in 2010)? Nobody is going crazy when Britney Spears or Dakota Fanning give up their high school lives to be pop "stars" or movie stars, but this kid catches crap for seeking and accepting a challenge and wanting to make some money while doing so?
This is absolutely the right move for Harper's career. He's ready now in terms of skill set and physical tools, and the '10 draft class is weaker than the '11 class, so he has a chance to stand out in the way that Strasburg did this year. Full transcript.
Mark Schlereth's son, Daniel, was among those selected in baseball drafts past, and the 23-year-old pitcher made his MLB debut earlier this season. The elder Schlereth, an ESPN analyst and former NFL lineman, had a different take on the move Harper is trying to make when he talked to Brian Kenny this week on the latter's ESPN Radio show.