I remember reading about Bryce Harper in Sports Illustrated about six or so years before he was even drafted.
I believe he was just a sophomore or junior in High School and was preparing to earn his GED and move onto college baseball. When this kid got drafted by the Nationals, I was pretty excited to see what he was going to do when he was called up to the Majors.
Harper signed a Major League contract after being drafted but was sent to the Minors for a short period of time. The contract was a five year deal worth around $10 million including a $6.25 million signing bonus and eight semesters of college tuition.
That extra college tuition should come in handy.
Anyways, Harper was originally a catcher but was moved to the outfield because of Wilson Ramos. I was actually confused to see Harper moved but, it’s worked out so far. Maybe if something changes down the line, he could return to his primary position.
Honestly the kid can play it all.
According to the Washington Post, Harper will more than likely face a grievance hearing after the 2014 season to see if he’s eligible for arbitration.
Just like Russell Martin, Buster Posey, Ryan Howard and Tim Lincecum, Harper is listed as a “Super Two” which means he could have an extra year of arbitration eligibility. No matter what happens, this franchise is going to look into keeping Harper with this team for a very long time.