The biggest name the team is trying to sign is outfielder Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick. Rizzo said the talks between the two parties are amicable. For the second straight year, he is dealing with advisor Scott Boras, who also represented right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
"I feel confident that we will sign the guys we want to sign out of the Draft," Rizzo said. "It's a two-way street, and we are certainly doing our part. We are engaged in good dialogue and good communication.
"If you are speaking of [Harper], he's a player we really want in the organization. The talks and the negotiations are always difficult, and they're always unique. This is a unique situation just like Stephen Strasburg [was last year]. We're battling through it. We don't make a big public display of it. Suffice to say, we are working hard at [trying to sign him]."
Harper had the stats to warrant being taken with the No. 1 overall pick. In 2008, Harper had a .599 batting average with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs in 38 games for Las Vegas High School. He followed that up with a .626 batting average, 14 home runs and 55 RBIs the next season.
Playing against a high-level of competition and hitting with a wooden bat didn't present much of a challenge to Harper at the College of Southern Nevada. The 17-year-old hit .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the 2010 regular season. And in the National Junior College World Series, Harper hit for the cycle while going 6-for-7. The next day, he went 2-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader and 6-for-6 with four home runs in the nightcap.