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Bryce Harper

August 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Bryce Harper, Project WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals and the 1st overall pick Bryce Harper faced a deadline for reaching an agreement made on Monday.

Major League Baseball clubs have until midnight from Monday to Tuesday turned to reach agreements with the players picked in the June amateur draft. If no agreement by then, teams lose the rights to the players, to re-enter the draft next year.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver Harper is a 17-year-old power-hitting junior college Nationals want to convert to a gardener. It is the first JUCO player taken with the top overall pick.

Harper hit .443 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs in his first season at the College of Southern Nevada, who plays in a league that uses wood bats. He skipped his final two years of high school and earned his GED, making it eligible for the 2010 amateur draft.

“There is a deadline for a reason, and most of the highest peaks is needed for the deadline,” said Washington general manager Mike Rizzo the weekend. “Until the change of the deadline, we will always work to deadlines, and I think this year is no different.”

Nationals know this scenario well: an agreement was reached with last year’s number one choice – pitcher Stephen Strasburg – with about a minute on the clock in August 2009, giving a record $ 15.1 million and, four years of contract.

Harper and Strasbourg both are represented by Scott Boras.

“The whole process is nonsense. It needs to be changed,” said Nationals president Stan Kasten.

Strasbourg began this season in the minors, then made his big league debut June 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out 14. He is 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts for Washington.

After launching on Sunday, Strasbourg asked if you have any advice for Harper.

“If (Harper) wants to play here, he’s going to play here,” said Strasburg. “He does not need advice from anyone convince you otherwise. If you do not want to play here, then do not want him here.”

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