WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledged after Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves that he scouted catcher Bryce Harper this past weekend in Las Vegas. The news was first reported by the Washington Post.
Rizzo said he was impressed with what he saw from the left-handed-hitting Harper, who plays for the College of Southern Nevada. The Nationals have the first overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and Harper is one of several candidates who could be selected by the team.
"He played great," Rizzo said. "He has great energy, great tools and he is one of the five or six guys we are talking about taking with the first pick. He has great bat speed and great leverage power. He is already comfortable with the wooden bat."
Rizzo saw Harper catch and play right field. Rizzo said Harper is above average at both positions.
"He plays both of them extremely well," Rizzo said. "He has great talent behind the plate and great talent in the outfield."