Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci has a cover story on Las Vegas HS CA Bryce Harper that is well worth the read.
Harper has been hyped as the prohibitive favorite to go #1 over in 2011 when he becomes eligible for the MLB draft. But Verducci drops an intriguing idea in the article
What the Harpers are considering, however, is having Bryce earn a GED credential this summer and enroll in a junior college this fall, which would expose him to more challenging baseball competition as well as make him eligible for next June’s draft, in which he would likely be the first pick in the country. Under that scenario, assuming the Nationals keep losing games at something close to their current rate (they have the worst record in baseball, and it isn’t even close), Washington could wind up with Strasburg and Harper in the next 12 months—the baseball equivalent of the Cavaliers getting James and Dwight Howard in consecutive NBA drafts.
That was certainly be an interesting turn of events and given the current performance of the big league team, the 2010 #1 overall pick is “well within reach.”
Keep in mind that the Nationals drafted his older brother Bryan out of high school in the 31st round of the 2008 draft, so suffice it to say they’ve been around Bryce.