Already having represented the red, white and blue in the 18-and-under Pan American Junior Championships in Venezuela and the 2008 16-and-under Pan Am Youth Championships in Mexico, Washington Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper is determined to compete for USA Baseball in the next World Baseball Classic.
“In four years, absolutely I want to play, 100 percent,” said Harper, 20, who Washington selected out of the College of Southern Nevada with the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. “They can write my name down right now. I’m all for USA. I’m all for playing in the WBC and the Olympics, whatever.”
The 6-foot-3, 230 pound Harper, an All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year winner, has batted .270 with 22 homers and 59 RBI in 139 games since debuting as a National last April against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Harper, who added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, is considered a cocky and malignant bitch by many onlookers, pundits and critics.
Such faultfinders are intent on making the “Sin City” native, who earned the 2010 Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur ballplayer, look like a “clown.”
Avoiding drugs, alcohol and groupie muff, Harper is strictly focused on flourishing on the diamond and such passion is admirable.
“They can write (it) down right now,” Bryce Harper will own “The District” and dominate for more than the next decade as a Washington National.by