How will Werth's addition impact Harper?

How will Werth's addition impact Harper?

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is projected to be in the big leagues in two years.

One problem: What position will Jayson Werth play once Harper hits the big leagues? Werth goes into the 2011 season as the everyday right fielder.

One scenario is to switch Werth to center field, while leaving Harper in right. Manager Jim Riggleman announced Wednesday that Werth most likely will play center field against left-handers next season, with Nyjer Morgan on the bench.

Then again, Harper could switch to center field. He already has experience playing the position while participating in the Instructional League.

General manager Mike Rizzo hasn't decided what he is going to do with Harper and Werth once Harper becomes a big leaguer. Harper will most likely start the 2011 season with Class A Hagerstown. Rizzo also said he expects Werth to play his entire career in the outfield.

"That decision will play itself out," Rizzo said. "As Bryce progresses in his career, we'll see where Jayson progresses in his career. That is a problem that I would be glad to address in the very near future.

"As of right now, there is no timetable to address it or to really rush it. Bryce is going to take some balls in center field, but he is going to play primarily in right field in the low Minor Leagues. The beginning of his developmental curve will take place."

Werth said more than a week ago that he is impressed by how Washington has been able to acquire young talent such as Harper.

"The Harper kid is coming," Werth said. "He's one of the better talents in the game. I'm looking forward to playing with a talent like that."

"The team gave me assurances that they are going to go out and get the type of talent that we are going to need to be competitive and to win. That was one important thing that is very important to me -- winning."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.