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Nationals likely to take Bryce Harper with first overall pick in 2010 MLB draft

It didn't come as much of a shock that Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo told MASN in an interview Sunday that the organization likely would select College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in Monday's MLB first-year player draft. Harper has seemed the obvious choice for quite some time, and Rizzo has said in recent weeks that the team had its mind made up.

When asked by MASN whether Harper was Washington's choice for the No. 1 pick, Rizzo responded: "Well, he's towards the top of the list. We haven't made our final, final decision yet, but we're leaning towards him. He's a terrific talent, and unless something changes between now and the draft, he's most likely our guy."

Asked earlier Sunday in an interview with a group of reporters whether he would reveal the player Washington planned to pick No. 1 overall, Rizzo declined.

"No, we're not prepared to do that yet," Rizzo said. "We're going to keep the suspense until tomorrow night. It's just not fair to the other players that are possibilities, so we're going to keep that under wraps. It's not the biggest secret in the world, but we feel that until we make the pick, things change often up to the draft time."

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
Categories:  Bryce Harper  
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Ya think? And this just in, OBama's president. Puleeze.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Harper is the best player in the draft....PERIOD....end of story

His attitude is nowhere near as bad as some are making it out to be and MANY great players are the same way if not WORSE.

Draft him, pay him, and play him

Posted by: Bious | June 6, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

How could you ever think of not drafting a kid with that much talent?
They better draft him. If not the repercussions will be enormous.

Posted by: REDSKINRAYINCA | June 6, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg needs a long term teammate and Harper is it. He is not a bad as they make it seem. Most major stars have issues so just deal it if he does. The kid is a keeper.

Posted by: ajb1094 | June 6, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is if they will be drafting any RF with the rest of their picks.

Posted by: JohnWWW | June 6, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain something to me? After reading some SI scribes' material, I'm a little confused. Tom Verducci says Harper has incredible bat speed. Joe Posnanski says he has a long swing and will strike out a lot. I thought the two traits were mutually exclusive. Anyone care to explain the difference?

Posted by: rnkorby | June 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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