Could the Nationals draft two Harpers?
Bryce Harper will face a unique challenge once he begins his professional career. At once, he'll be the youngest player on his first minor league team and the one with the most attention. "He'll be in a situation where he's going to need someone with him," said Tim Chambers, Harper's coach at the College of Southern Nevada.
And Chambers has the perfect person: Harper's older brother, Bryan Harper. This year, Bryan transferred from Cal-State Northridge to CSN so he could play with Bryce and provide support. Chambers is hoping the Nationals can draft Bryan Harper in order to help Bryce's transition.
It wouldn't just be charity, either. Bryan Harper went 10-1 with a 2.18 ERA this year, striking out 88 in 57 2/3 innings while walking 25. He is 6-foot-6 and throws his fastball from 89 to 94 miles per hour, Chambers said, with a changeup and a curve ball. He also earned a 4.1 GPA his senior year at Las Vegas High School.
Chambers would not be surprised for Bryan to be taken in the third round and figures he won't last past the fifth. The Nationals, incredibly, have actually already drafted him once -- in 2008, they selected Bryan Harper in the 31st round.
So Bryan Harper, who just turned 21, would give the Nationals a prospect, and he would also help ensure a comfortable transition for their first overall pick.
"Bryan gets it," Chambers said. "He understands what it's all about. He's kind of been overshadowed, but he loves his brother. It doesn't bother him."
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