With all the hype over last year's No. 1 overall pick, Stephen Strasburg, its hard to remember that the Washington Nationals have the first overall pick in this year's MLB draft as well. Even before tonight's draft, it appears the Nationals have already decided who they will select with the top pick, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
The Nationals have settled who they are going to select with the first overall choice in baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 7, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Rizzo would not reveal the player but told reporters, "We feel that we've narrowed it down to one specific person."
The overwhelming favorite based on the consensus in the baseball community to become the first overall choice is 17-year-old Bryce Harper. After skipping his junior year of high school to enroll of the College of Southern Nevada, Harper compiled mind-boggling numbers, including hitting four home runs in a 6-for-6 performance in a playoff game this weekend.
If you've been following draft buzz, or you're just a fan of amateur baseball, then you have most certainly heard of Bryce Harper. Harper appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was just 16 years under the headline, "Chosen One: Bryce Harper is the most exciting prodigy since LeBron James."
If you need proof, this is a video of Harper during an all-star game home run competition. This shot went 502 feet and to this day is the longest home run in the history of Tropicana field, the home field of the Tampa Bay Rays.