Usually this is a good look at some young up and coming talent to add to our follow database. Lots of outstanding players that we then follow for the next few years. Our guys will be doing some reports on the best players we saw at those two events as the summer unfolds. However, once in a great while something unexpected happens that warrants our undivided and immediate attention. A player like a Justin Upton who pops up as being way above the crowd. That player immediately gets recognized as the prize jewel of his class and in those kids like Upton and Delmon Young they maintained that lofty position until they became the first pick of the draft.
This year a player joins that group of young phenoms. Bryce Harper just finished his 9th grade year at Las Vegas HS in Las Vegas. He is our number one ranked 2011 and it would not be a stretch to say he might also be the top ranked player in all of high school, any class! He truly is a rare talent that possesses the entire package.
Here is a brief scouting report on young 15 year old Bryce Harper who played with the San Diego Show in the Arizona JO. We will see him a lot over the next couple weeks.
Our first look at Bryce Harper happened in a small PG Showcase for pre high school age kids in Southern California. Most of those attending that event were Freshman and Sophomores in high school. However one young 6th grade boy from Las Vegas showed up. We were very concerned about someone that age competing with kids much older. Our fears were a waste of time because the young 6th grader was by far the best prospect at the event. He hit two homeruns during the game and showed MLB average skills behind the plate. He also stood out as a shortstop and even pitched well. But perhaps the most amazing thing was that this young boy had something you can’t teach, he had a feel for the game that many lack even at the professional level. You knew he was going to be very special. We didn’t grade him simply due to his young age. We would have had to give a 12 year old a 10. That was our very first Bryce Harper sighting and he just continues to keep getting better and better.
Bryce Harper as a young 12 year old