AFL Scouting Report: Bryce Harper

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our Arizona Fall League coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects from around the league. Here's a look at Nationals' prospect, Bryce Harper.

Name: Bryce Harper
Position: Outfield
Team: Washington Nationals
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League

Scouting Report

Everyone knows about Harper's bat by now so the bigger curiosity is his defense. And, the verdict is that he's adapting to the outfield extremely well. Harper showed in the AFL that he goes back on the ball well and has the plus arm that profiles well in right field. He will need to improve on his routes coming in on balls and his breaks on the ball aren't quite there yet. But, his athleticism and plus arm are helping him through the transition.

As for Harper's bat, it continues to be as advertised. He's reading the breaking ball very well against some advanced pitching and he has a knack for getting into good hitter's counts. Not surprisingly, his power potential continues to grade out at 80 on the 20-80 scale, but it's his hit tool that continues to improve. Harper shows the ability to drive the ball consistently to left field and not just pull everything to right field. The scary thing is that he's still learning and improving at the plate.

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