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 9 years ago '08        #1
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Jeans&Sneakers 158 heat pts158
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16-year-old Las Vegas baseball phenom to skip 2 years of high school
 

 

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ATHLETIC INFORMATION

Showcase State: NV
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
Primary POS: C
Secondary POS: 3B
Bat: L
Throw: R
Arm Strength (MPH): 95
BTA: .593
Stolen Bases: 33
Home Runs Hit: 12
Run Time
60: 6.8
Home to 1st: 4.2


INDIVIDUAL ATHLETIC HONORS

2009 International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby
Nevada Representative

2008 1st Team All Sunrise Div Catcher

2008 1st Team All State Catcher

2008 Player of the Year NE Division

2008 Batting Average Leader for the
state of Nevada

2008 All World Team
Tournament MVP
Awards for the Most Homeruns Hit (4) and the Most RBIs (16)

2008 USA Baseball 16U Championships
Team who just brought home gold
in the Pan Am Games in Mexico

2008 All Area Code Team

2007 TBS 14u All American Team

2007 TBS 14u Player of the Year

2006 TBS 13u All American Team

2005 TBS 12u All American Team

2005 NYB All American Team
LAS VEGAS — A 16-year-old baseball phenom dubbed the game's "Chosen One" by Sports Illustrated plans to skip his final two years of high school in hopes of entering the Major League Baseball draft earlier, his father said.


Bryce Harper has registered at a community college where he plans to attend classes in the fall and play next season, his father Ron Harper said.

"People question your parenting and what you're doing. Honestly, we don't think it's that big a deal," Ron Harper said. "He's not leaving school to go work in a fast food restaurant. Bryce is a good kid. He's smart and he's going to get his education."

Ron Harper announced his son's decision on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Harper, a 6-foot-3-inch catcher whom experts say could be a top draft pick when he becomes eligible, recently signed enrollment forms and a letter of intent to play for the College of Southern Nevada.

Harper plans to take a high school equivalency test and enter the draft in 2010 or 2011, Ron Harper said.

"Bryce is always looking for his next challenge," Ron Harper said. He's going to pursue his education, too. He's going to get pushed academically and athletically."

Harper hit .626 with 14 homers, 55 RBIs and 36 steals last season for Las Vegas High School.

His photo is on the cover of the June 8 issue of Sports Illustrated, along with a headline that compares him to LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star who received superstar hype in high school before getting picked first in the 2003 NBA draft.

Ron Harper said his son pushed to leave high school early.

"He was thinking about it, he initiated it," the father said. "He said, 'Dad, why can't I take my GED and do this?'"

Players become eligible for the draft at age 16 if they have completed high school.

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44 comments for "16-year-old Las Vegas baseball phenom to skip 2 years of high school"

 9 years ago '04        #2
hockeythug 66 heat pts66
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Harper hit .626 with 14 homers, 55 RBIs and 36 steals last season
Not really impressing power stats for a HS player called "the chosen one" unless they only play like 15 games these days.


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 9 years ago '08        #3
Jeans&Sneakers 158 heat pts158 OP
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 hockeythug said:
Not really impressing power stats for a HS player called "the chosen one" unless they only play like 15 games these days.
i don't think they even play up to 15 games
 9 years ago '04        #4
hockeythug 66 heat pts66
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 KeleN_07 said:
i don't think they even play up to 15 games
Pretty good then I guess. Just dont pull a Josh Hamilton.
 9 years ago '08        #5
Future 44 heat pts44
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Ron Harper? the basketball player? is that his son?
 9 years ago '07        #6
INFAMOUS 13 heat pts13
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 9 years ago '05        #7
ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
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 Spiffy818 said:
overated, same as strasburg. Strasburgs pitches are mostly off the plate, true pros wont swing @ his picthes in the bigs, and this kid needs alot of work too before he can face the big boys
This kids not a pitcher, hes a catcher.

At least thats what the article said.
 9 years ago '04        #8
franchise 60 heat pts60
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 Spiffy818 said:
overated, same as strasburg. Strasburgs pitches are mostly off the plate, true pros wont swing @ his picthes in the bigs, and this kid needs alot of work too before he can face the big boys

never heard of the farm system huh? not many guys make it to the pros before they turn 23.

he has plenty of time to get better
 9 years ago '06        #9
01seay 83 heat pts83
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I hope he doesn't get injured.
 9 years ago '04        #10
casper 1 heat pts
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looking at the pic. he had 3 hrs over 480 ft 1 over 500 ft. i'm impressed & ill be looking for him
 9 years ago '06        #11
Manny05 1 heat pts
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same here ^ hes got the potential to be great
imo he should finish school. you never know what could happen
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 9 years ago '06        #12
Rique 60 heat pts60
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woooo perfect year for the Mets to be depleted and tank!
 9 years ago '06        #13
made in the bay 23 heat pts23
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i'm guessing he pitches too or else why would the cover say 96 MPH Fastball??? unless SI is :thumbsdow




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 9 years ago '04        #14
YoDoods 22 heat pts22
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man, I just got back back from my sons baseball tourney. And let me tell you we had to go up against this 7 year old kid was jacking them out of "older kid" fields that were like 220 down the line.

s**t was disgusting. But yet amazing at the same time.
 9 years ago '04        #15
NoLedge18720 5 heat pts
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only thing that has me worried is he has this double toe tap in his swing that I'm not sure will work in the pros. You can get away with extra s**t like that in your swing at the high school and even college level but at the pros I dunno.
 9 years ago '04        #16
doczdaname 29 heat pts29
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lets see if he can live up to the hype..im rooting for him
 9 years ago '06        #17
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 KeleN_07 said:
i don't think they even play up to 15 games
it was in 38 games. i don't know how many of them he played in.





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 9 years ago '04        #18
NoLedge18720 5 heat pts
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I mean I batted .600 as a 16 yr old too but I didnt have 14 hrs or 39 steals. My s**t was all line drives(doubles and singles) I had to get lucky to get a triple or steal a base because of that white boy disease
 9 years ago '08        #19
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Finish high school...
 9 years ago '06        #20
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 NoLedge18720 said:
I mean I batted .600 as a 16 yr old too but I didnt have 14 hrs or 39 steals. My s**t was all line drives(doubles and singles) I had to get lucky to get a triple or steal a base because of that white boy disease
I thought the white boy disease was not being able to jump theres plenty of fast white boys
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