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  1. Eddie
    June 20, 2009 at 9:53 am | | Reply

    I’m still not sold on this kid. Feasting on high school pitching and facing major league pitchers are two entirely different worlds. Especially with the recent draft buzz surrounding Strasburg, I see a dangerous trend in baseball where prospects will get big money deals but crumble under the pressure of major league baseball.

    Harper was even featured on the cover of SI as the next big thing. However, he’s in company with the likes of Jon Peters, Bassie Telfair, and Richie Parker as ex-Next Big Thing SI cover athletes. Who are these guys? Exactly…

    I’ll have to see it to believe it I guess

    1. June 20, 2009 at 11:32 am | | Reply

      Did you read last week Eddie that this kid decided to drop out of high school, he’s only a sophomore, and get his GED to attend junior college for a year and be eligible for the 2010 draft.

      I agree about the pitching, I’m sure for awhile the major league pitching will eat him up but if his talent is that good and gets some decent coaching he might be able to adjust.

      1. Eddie
        June 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm | | Reply

        Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this kid has some major baseball skills, especially at such a young age. However, there is more than just skill that goes into playing baseball. How will he handle the enormous expectations surrounding him, how will he handle the media, opposing fans, a major slump, etc.? These are factors that have killed athletes who couldn’t handle the pressure.

        Although it’s a different sport, Ryan Leaf comes to mind. While not as highly touted as Harper, there were still enormous expectations placed on his shoulders and he crumbled under the pressure.

        That’s all I’m trying to say, I want to see him in action in the majors before I personally can say he is going to be one of the greatest to play the game.

        1. June 21, 2009 at 12:17 am | | Reply

          I totally agree with you. There is no way to say a high school baseball player is going to be a Major League great. The road to the majors is far more arduous than any other sport.

          I think it’s a little excessive to be dropping out of high school at the chance to be drafted. Who is to say he doesn’t tear something while throwing down to second, or any other potential injury playing at the college level. There are no guarantees in life and I think this kid and his family are taking a big risk.

  2. June 21, 2009 at 11:02 am | | Reply

    Whatever, 502 is still 502 in my mind. Nice bat speed too. Did you see the Minor League Bat Trick that was all over the ‘net yesterday? https://bit.ly/3I6Fao

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