Smart guy. Honestly, he really is.
Bryce is 16-years-old and is leaving high school early to prepare himself for a major league baseball career. At first look, people are gonna bash this kid and say that he’s so stupid and he needs to get an education. Well, actually, that’s kinda the point of him leaving.
Bryce is dropping out of school, only to obtain his GED, so that he can enroll early in community college. Which means he’s actually dropping out of school to get a BETTER education, and in the process face better competition. So now Bryce will have two years of college under his belt when he’s drafted number one overall (most likely by the Nationals).
This is the road less taken and I totally give Bryce and his dad, Ron, props because they are actually setting Bryce up to be better prepared for a life in professional sports. Now, I would be totally against this if the kid were any less talented, but when you’re 16 and you can out hit 95% of Major Leaguers right now, you can do this.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Bryce yet, check him out here, here, and here. His bat speed is un-freakin’-believable. Notice the little knee jerk he has as a timing mechanism. That’s actually an extra hitch he has developed in his swing to slow down his body, but not his hands. In the last video, you can see how he launches himself off his back foot at every pitch, and his back foot comes completely off the ground, a la Frank Thomas.
He’s a catcher, shortstop, and a pitcher right now. He’s great defensively too, but I doubt that he’d ever be used as a catcher in the bigs. He’ll probably stick to short, third, or outfield on his short trip through the minors. He puts some serious torque on his shouler with his pitching motion, so he’s probably better served simply as a closer throughout “college” to save him any future arm troubles.
The Kid is putting Bryce Harper on his fantasy watch list right now.
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