The 2010 MLB draft results started coming in last night. Of course, the MLB draft results 2010 for the first pick were known for some time. Once again, the Washington Nationals got the top pick, and once again, they used it on a supposed can’t-miss product. After getting someone who’s supposed to be the next great pitcher, they used this year’s pick on the supposed next great hitter. Now that the 2010 MLB draft results have given the Nationals a big batter, they will see for the first time how their big arm will work out.
The timing couldn’t be more fitting for the Nationals, especially considering tonight’s game. At this exact time last year, Washington took Stephen Strasburg as the new face of the franchise. But, no matter how well Strasburg does, he needs offensive firepower to give him wins.
The 2010 MLB draft results may help give him that offense, at least in a few years’ time. The Nationals took a 17-year-old from the College of Southern Nevada, though Bryce Harper is no ordinary 17-year-old. He has been projected as the next great slugger since he made the Sports Illustrated cover as a high school sophomore. As such, the Nationals had to use their latest No. 1 pick to take him.
For the second straight year, Washington led the 2010 MLB draft results by taking a can’t-miss prospect. Of course, the reason they drafted Strasburg and Harper is because they don’t want to earn the No. 1 pick anymore. They have been the worst team in baseball for years but, for the first time since they moved from Montreal, there is hope that they won’t be in the basement forever.
The Nationals are still last in the NL East, but they are a surprising 27-31, which is big by their standards. If they can get this close to .500 before Strasburg arrives, then hopes are high to keep this pace up with him here. But, the 2010 MLB draft results may take longer to pay off for Washington.
Strasburg was able to get to the big leagues in a year, but Harper will need more development. In addition, they need to actually sign him and, with Scott Boras as his agent, it could take some time. The Nationals nearly lost Strasburg when he literally waited until the last minute to sign a deal. Since Harper could command even more money, it may be a hard negotiation period.
By the time the 2010 MLB draft results can be judged for Washington, it could be 2013 or beyond. By then, they hope Strasburg will already be an ace, and that Harper will be the last piece to make them real contenders. Strasburg will start trying to fulfill his end of the deal tonight, as he makes his debut against the Pirates.
Sports Illustrated- “Nats infuse more hope for future by selecting phenom Harper No. 1”
Yahoo Sports- “Nationals finally relevant with Harper, Strasburg”