Baseball players, at least historically, aren't ready to succeed in the pros straight out of high school. Usually they have to take a couple seasons of minor league pitching to get used to a new level of competition. It even took Ken Griffey Jr. a couple seasons of minor league ball to get ready. But that is not a career trajectory Bryce Harper is comfortable with following.â†µ
"I'm thinking I'll be out there next year," said Harper, who turned 18 in October. "Hopefully I'll get a big league call-up in September and then be able to be out there next year and try to make the team out of camp. That's what I'm shooting for."â†µ
That is awfully ambitious, but it fights right in line with everything we have heard about Harper since he joined the organization. I wouldn't expect him to be out there this summer, but I also wouldn't put it past him.