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Washington Nationals: 2010 Draft Watch: Bryce Harper/Deck McGuire/Anthony Ranaudo.

Bryce Harper Update:

In an article at's Keith Law's blog by Jason A. Churchill entitled, "A very early top 5 for June", Mr. Churchill ranks the top five prospects for the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, matching 17-year-old College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper with the Washington Nationals, who will be making the first selection for the second-straight year after having drafted San Diego State University's Stephen Strasburg no.1 overall last season.'s Mr. Churchill writes that he, "...can't see [the Nationals] passing on [Harper] unless his bonus demands reach well beyond those of Stephen Strasburg last summer." 

Harper's certainly not hurting his case with his play this season for the CSN Coyotes. After going 3 for 7 with an RBI and 2 runs scored Friday in back-to-back wins in a doubleheader against Salt Lake Community College, Harper's now hitting .431 (47 for 109) in 33 games played, with 24 walks, a .530 OBP, .899 SLG, 13 doubles, 12 HR's, 36 RBI's and 9 steals for the 29-5 Coyotes, who play another doubleheader with Salt Lake CC today.


Deck McGuire vs Duke.

Anthony Ranaudo vs Georgia. 


• Deck McGuire vs Duke.

The second prospect on's Jason A. Churchill's early top prospects list (mentioned alongside LSU's righty Anthony Ranaudo and Mississippi lefty Drew Pomeranz) is the '09 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Georgia Tech right-hander Deck McGuire, the 6'6'', 218 lb, 20-year-old Richmond, Virginia native, who beat the Yellow Jackets' ACC rivals, the Duke Blue Devils, 13-3 last night in Atlanta, GA's Russ Chandler Stadium. In McGuire's seventh start this season, he threw 107 pitches, 66 for strikes, over 7.0 IP, giving up 6 hits, 1 walk and 3 ER, with 5 K's. McGuire's now (5-1) in 2010, with a 1.53 ERA in 7 starts and 53.0 IP, in which he's surrendered 40 hits, 9 ER and 12 walks (2.04 BB/9), while recording 54 K's (9.17 K/9). 

• Anthony Ranaudo vs Georgia. 

In his second straight start after missing several weeks with elbow issues, LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo took the mound Friday night in a 4-3 win over Georgia, throwing 55 pitches, 33 for strikes in 3.0 IP, before surrendering a line drive HR to left in the first at bat of the fourth at which point the 20-year-old right-hander was lifted from the game since he's still working his way back to full-strength. In 10.0 IP this season, Ranaudo's allowed 4 hits, 4 walks and 2 runs, 1 earned. 

(ed. note - "'s Jason A. Churchill's top 3: 1) C - Bryce Harper - WASH; 2) RHP Deck McGuire - PIT; 3) RHP Jameson Taillon - BAL.)