• Bryce Harper is kind of a front-runner. When the Washington Nationals' 2010 no.1 overall pick Bryce Harper appeared on The Mike Wise Show w/ Holden Kushner on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. this afternoon, the soon-to-be-18-year-old future outfielder admitted that he was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys (think that's a football team?), New York Yankees and LA Lakers (basketball?), but at least he's being honest?
• Harper says he left high school early because he wanted the higher level of competition, which the College of Southern Nevada provided, "I love challenges, I love being challenged by great players and kids that want to come after me and want to strike me out and sit me down, and so I didn't think high school was that much of a competition, I went into my freshman year hitting .598, went into my sophomore year and I hit .656, so in those two years I probably had 84 walks, so it was just not me, not what I wanted to be a part of any more."
• Harper says his dad's with him in Florida and knows his swing better than anyone in the country: "[Nats' Hitting Coach Rick] Eckstein is a great hitting guy, I went up there and I listened to things he had to say, and he says the same exact things my dad does. He said I have a great swing the other way and I just need to keep comfortable and [have the] perfect swing every time," so there's no conflict there, which is what Holden Kushner was checking. "My ears and my eyes are wide open," Harper says, "I'm gonna listen as much as I can, I'm going to learn as much as I can and you know, if I ever need something I'm going to go back to what got me to here, what got me to right now, and if I can learn something else and make me better, I'm going to listen and learn something else."
• Harper: "I'm all about the team, I've always been that way, I'm going to go out there and I'm going to help and help and help to win a World Series and that's the biggest goal and that's everybody's goal on the team. We want to go out there and bust our butt and Zimmerman's going to be a big part of it, Adam Dunn's going to be a huge part of it, everybody has their process and what they can help the team out with and I'm just going to be another piece of that puzzle."
Harper should test his skills against some of the game's top prospects starting tomorrow when Florida Instructional League action gets underway...