Waiting for Bryce Harper to come to Washington
So here’s what has to go right:
• Center field. Who plays there might depend on whether Bryce Harper, at 19, is ready for the big leagues after 387 minor league at-bats. Davey Johnson believes Harper is ready. Rizzo says that if Harper shows him something in spring training, he won’t be afraid to start the arbitration clock. If Harper makes it to opening day, he’ll be the right fielder, Mike Morse the left fielder and Werth the center fielder. If Harper starts the year in Triple-A, Werth probably moves back to right and Roger Bernadina or Cameron – at a spry 39 – could play center.
There is only one, and that is Bryce Harper.
Great stroke, great arm, great speed and great head for the game.
And, yet, only one year of junior college ball and one year in the minors, including all of 37 games above A-ball.
The Nationals can take their shot with him in April, hope he figures it out, hope he can live with the occasional failures, when he’s perhaps overmatched for the first time in his life.
Maybe it’s worth the risk.
Because there’s another part of his game that’s equally great: his unshakeable certainty.