Washington Signs Top Pick Bryce Harper to Record Deal

The Washington Nationals came to terms with No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper just moments before Monday night’s midnight deadline for teams to agree to terms with picks from baseball’s 2010 amateur draft.  Harper signed a record setting deal for position players agreeing to a five-year $9.9 million deal.

Harper, who received his GED and skipped his final two years of high school so that he could be eligible for his year’s draft, is possibly most hyped position player to come through the draft.  The 17-year-old is a power hitting hitter catcher who played at Southern Nevada Junior College this past spring.  The Nationals will move Harper to the outfield as a professional.

In his lone season of college baseball, Harper hit .443 with 98 RBIs and 31 home runs.  The league he played in was a wooden bat league.  While his friends in high school were playing their junior year of baseball, Harper was embarking on his lone season of college ball in preparation for his professional future. 

Harper’s signing broke the record for position players previously held by current Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.  Teixeira signed for $9.5 million after the 2001 draft.

Harper’s legend has been a few years in the making now.  As a 16-year-old, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and touted as the “LeBron” of baseball.  Harpers prodigious power has many calling him the greatest power-hitting prospect to be drafted.  Given his age and his proven ability to hit monstrous home runs against older competition, Harper has scouts drooling over his potential.

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