Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Bryce Harper AUTO and a rant
Last year I showed off my dual auto of Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon from 2011 Bowman I got as a birthday gift. Since Harper will face off against the Pirates tonight, I think it's fitting to show it off again.
There's been a lot of Bryce Harper hate going on lately, but I love the guy. He plays the game the way it's meant to be played. Hopefully he keeps that hustle up his entire career. If he does, he will likely be inducted into Cooperstown one day because his talent level is through the roof.
Bryce Harper was selected by the Washington Nationals 1st overall in his first year of being eligible for the draft.
Last night, Chunter (who runs an awesome Braves blog) asked if "And btw, do the Pirates fans regret not having Bryce Harper (could they have gotten him) or do they just hate him like everyone else? They probably could have taken a shot at him. Then again, his agent was (is) Scott Boras..."
Had the Pirates finished the 2009 season with a worse record than the Nationals did, I think the Pirates would have selected Bryce Harper regardless of who his agent is. I'm going to go on a little rant now and it's in no way meant to offend anyone, but I'm tired of people thinking that the Pirates front office is afraid of dealing with Scott Boras and that the team is cheap.
Prior to Bob Nutting taking over primary ownership of the Pirates in 2007, yes the Pirates chose to not deal with Scott Boras clients and they were cheap in how they handled their business. This was proven by the Pirates selecting college relief pitcher Daniel Moskos instead of one of the top catching prospects to come along in a generation Matt Wieters. This was also proven when the Pirates chose to not go after Prince Fielder or BJ Upton in the 2002 draft when they selected Bryan Bullington. After the draft, the then front office stated that they saw Bullington as a solid #3 or #4 starter. You don't use the #1 overall selection to draft a midrotation starting pitcher.
So in my very long winded response, no the Pirates would not have passed up Bryce Harper if he was still on the board when the Pirates selected #2 overall in 2010. The Pirates front office will spend money when it makes sense (see Andrew McCutchen's 6 year contract extension, bringing in Derrek Lee at the trade deadline last year, and the enormous amount of spending in recent drafts).
All that being said, I'm very happy with the Pirates getting Jameson Taillon in the 2010 draft. Here's his numbers so far for the 2012 season as a 20 year old.
0.82WHIP (6 Walks/19 Hits)
.172 opponents batting average
0 HR allowed
Yup I'll take a future Verlander/Clemens/Beckett ace like pitcher with 6+ years of control.
DON'T FORGET TO ROOT FOR THE BUCS TO WIN THE SERIES AGAINST THE NATIONALS TO TRY TO WIN SOME FREE CARDS.