Pitchers report to Viera, Bryce Harper coming to Nationals Park first
The Nationals have outlined an initial schedule for the four elite draft picks who signed Monday before the midnight deadline. First overall pick Bryce Harper will be introduced at Nationals Park at some point during the Nationals' next homestand, though the day has been decided.
Harper will not report to Viera, Fla. and the Gulf Coast League until that time, which will leave little time to play games in the league considering the season ends Aug. 28.
Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray, the three pitchers who signed bonus well over the slot money MLB recommends, reported to Viera today for orientation. The learned the fundamentals of the Nationals' throwing program and also worked out.
Since Solis, Cole and Ray have been throwing and staying in shape, they could begin throwing in games in roughly 10 days. If all goes well they could eventually pitch at Vermont, where the season goes to Sept. 5.