Sure, you’ve probably heard a ton about Bryce Harper’s success and abilities, but what’s wrong with hearing more? After all, despite his success, he’s not playing the majors yet, so we can only speculate. Luckily, there are people who get paid for that sort of stuff. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has an article today covering the latest scouting report on the phenom.
The article is only accessable to those who’ve paid, and you can only read through the first section. Here are some highlights from the article. For more details, you’ll have to help pay Mr. Goldstein’s salary:
Hitting – Harper hits well, but he probably isn’t going to be a .330 hitter. The good news is that Goldstein seems to indicate that some of the chatter of his strikeouts being high are overblown. He calls his K rate promising for his age
Power – Top of the charts. He mentions that evaluation is basically universal among scouts, and the last person to have such reviews was Alex Rodriguez. He also mentions that ARod was drafted before Harper turned 1 years old, which makes Harper seem young, ARod seem old, and me FEEL old.