|On his way ...
Let the Bryce Harper countdown begin.
Harper, the 16-year-old Las Vegas high school star who was christened as the "Chosen One" by Sports Illustrated, is planning to skip his final two seasons of high school in an attempt to be eligible for the 2010 draft.
According to Harper's father Ron, the phenom has registered at College of Southern Nevada and will play for the junior college next season in what would have been his junior year of high school.
Harper plans to earn his GED (high school equivalency) in the fall.
Harper, a 6-foot-3-inch catcher, hit .626 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Wildcats this season. He also had 36 stolen bases.
With his combination of power and speed, Harper is projected to be the top pick in the major league draft when he's eligible. That should be next June.
The No. 1 pick a 17-year-old from Vegas? It's possible. In the SI story, an NL scouting director said Harper would have challenged Stephen Strasburg for the No. 1 pick this year, at only age 16.
"Top two," he says. "And that's taking nothing away from the guys in the draft this year. He's honestly that good. He is a once-in-a-generation talent."
So let the race for Bryce Harper begin. Leading the way, once again, are your Washington Nationals. At 16-45, the Nats have a healthy 8½ game lead over the next-worst team, the Arizona Diamondbacks (27-37).
FIVE SERIES TO WATCH
ON THE TUBE
Monday, 7:05 p.m. ET: Brewers at Indians (ESPN)
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.: Blue Jays at Phillies (ESPN)
*Saturday, 4:10 p.m.: Brewers at Tigers (FOX)
*Saturday, 4:10 p.m.: Cardinals at Royals (FOX)
*Saturday, 4:10 p.m.: Rays at Mets (FOX)
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Braves at Red Sox (TBS)
Sunday, 8:05 p.m.: Dodgers at Angels (ESPN)
*Check local listings
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