Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies

Age: 29 (October 16, 1992) | 6' 3" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left 1B-1 OF-139 CF-3 RF-48 DH-2 PH-4
WAS NL 2018 159 550 103 137 130 169 34 0 34 100 13 3 .249 .393 .496 19 24 .289 40/22/38 29 28
PHI NL 2019 157 573 98 149 99 178 36 1 35 114 15 3 .260 .372 .510 15 26 .313 38/24/38 30 28
PHI NL 2020 58 190 41 51 49 43 9 2 13 33 8 2 .268 .420 .542 20 18 .279 36/18/46 35 32
PHI NL 2021 141 488 101 151 100 134 42 1 35 84 13 3 .309 .429 .615 17 23 .359 41/22/37 38 35
PHI NL 2022 34 131 29 40 11 33 14 1 9 27 6 1 .305 .361 .634 7 22 .337 29/30/41 12 11
Career 11yrs 1317 4688 879 1313 844 1222 284 23 276 779 117 40 .280 .391 .527 15 22 .320 n/a
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Interesting story at the Book Blog. Tom Tango wonders what would happen if baseball didn't pay any signing bonuses, or if they charged potential players for the opportunity to make the big leagues. Are signing bonuses a vestige of the predraft days, and now the new albeit contained slot rules?

HIs post is at the Book Blog.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 29 '11
The other winner here is college baseball. I would think the hard slot system would send a lot of those late round/high $$$ signings on to Stanford,
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 29 '11
As someone who negotiates CBAs in my real life, I have to say that this is one thing that seems like a win-win. And, the reason I say that is that the Union is only obligated to negotiate for its bargaining unit, not its potential future bargaining unit. By limiting the contracts/signing bonuses for draftees and including limits on international signings, it frees up team resources to pay those who are already in the bargaining unit. Win for the union.

And, it's also a win for management. Each team frees up resources, guarantees a cost in an industry where cost control is very important, and it frees up cash for a more predicable resource- already proven major league players. They may not be a great investment when the majority of them reach free agency (after age 30), but they are more reliable than the Brien Taylors of the world.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 28 '11
Thomas Boswell, enumerating his personal highlights of the new CBA:

●A new “hard-slot” system in the amateur draft may pinch the contracts of future Stephen Strasburgs and Bryce Harpers. Is it “fair?” No, but what good is a sanctioned monopoly if you never use it?
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 28 '11
Finally broke out in Phoenix with a single, double and homer. Was 4-for-31 coming into the game.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 19 '11
Now he's hitting 480 ft bombs in AA ...
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 12 '11
An ofer in the Futures Game that elicited the following from Keith Law at ESPN:

• It wasn't the greatest day for Bryce Harper, who struck out twice in an 0-for-4 day, but he did show off his arm with a throw from the left-field corner that looked like it was shot from a bazooka. He struck out on some pretty tough pitches, but more importantly, the game made clear what he has to work on -- recognizing quality off-speed stuff, especially changeups, because pitchers will change speeds on him all day until he shows he can make that adjustment. I know Nationals fans can't wait to see Harper in Washington, but bringing him up this season (which the team has said it won't do) wouldn't do him any favors. He'll be a superstar on his timetable.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 12 '11
Hi-A has a bad outfield They went with a better maintained facility to avoid potential injuries.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 4 '11
I'm not saying the kid isn't special - manhandling even low-A at age 18 is pretty impressive. I'm just saying that he had some things to learn, and I'm onboard with the way the Nats have paced his advancement. I doubt there's much more for him to learn at A+ over low A, so the jump to AA was warranted.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jul 4 '11
Texpope- let's just call your trend a problem with arbitrary end points. The trend is actually in the seasonal adjusted average, which after May is flat.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 4 '11