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Johnson believes Harper's ready for right now

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08:25 AM ET 02.01 | By playing Jayson Werth in center, the Nationals could potentially wind up with a teenager in right. If Werth plays center and Bryce Harper forces his way onto the 25-man roster as the primary right fielder, most of the Nationals' outfield questions are answered (assuming Harper doesn't struggle and require the Nationals to return him for more minor league seasoning). Johnson is confident that the 19-year-old Harper's skills are advanced enough to handle the adjustment from Double-A to the majors; [Mike Rizzo] isn't so sure, and would like Harper to get at least half a season at Triple-A (especially since he's got only 37 Double-A games under his belt). Then there's the whole financial incentive for stashing Harper in the minors.

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February 1, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Does Harper hold a Dominican passport? He sure looks more like 29 to me.

February 1, 2012  09:08 AM ET

this is an unnecessary amount of pressure for a teen-ager (See: Clyde, David), when starting him at Triple A and bringing him up (assuming he's tearing up the league) in late May makes more sense. The Nats had been doing a good job of planning for the future. This isn't going to turn out well ...

February 1, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Late May not a possibility - its either to start the year or in June when it is late enough for the Nats to keep control of him for another year

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February 1, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Someone on FN must really hate Harper. This photo makes hiom look he just got off the short bus, yet they keep using it.

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February 1, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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Looks 29 - acts 2......He opens his mouth at this level - bean ball city!!!!!

One can only hope.

February 1, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Someone on FN must really hate Harper. This photo makes hiom look he just got off the short bus, yet they keep using it.

It's right up there with the Mark Sanchez picture.

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February 1, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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this is an unnecessary amount of pressure for a teen-ager (See: Clyde, David), when starting him at Triple A and bringing him up (assuming he's tearing up the league) in late May makes more sense. The Nats had been doing a good job of planning for the future. This isn't going to turn out well ...

what if the kid is smoking it in spring training? i say bring him up if he's ready. with the exception of his maturity level(which should come along) he's proven that he can handle the pressure. hell, he was annoited the 'the Lebron James' of baseball and hasn't dissappointed yet at any level up to this point where he has exprienced pressure to prove himself. if he's ready for the jump he's ready....gotta give him a shot

February 1, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Or the original Tebow picture....... Where he looked constipated....

That's a good one too.

February 1, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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what if the kid is smoking it in spring training? i say bring him up if he's ready. with the exception of his maturity level(which should come along) he's proven that he can handle the pressure. hell, he was annoited the 'the Lebron James' of baseball and hasn't dissappointed yet at any level up to this point where he has exprienced pressure to prove himself. if he's ready for the jump he's ready....gotta give him a shot

As RFD pointed out, there are financial considerations here. I doubt they'll bring him up early and lose a year of control over him, only to have to send him back down because he needs more work on breaking balls. They'll err on the side of caution I think.

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February 1, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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As RFD pointed out, there are financial considerations here. I doubt they'll bring him up early and lose a year of control over him, only to have to send him back down because he needs more work on breaking balls. They'll err on the side of caution I think.

i understand the financial considerations with him but as i said if a kid can play and belongs at the highest level that's where he should be. you put everything else aside for the ultimate goal of him being a big leaguer. There have been many exceptions to guys being projected to being the real deal and actually turning out to be.....junior and arod being a couple that come to mind. IF he is getting it done on the lower levels then he should advance

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February 1, 2012  10:10 AM ET

What's the hurry? It's not as though they're making a move towards leading their division. Let the kid get some experience at the AAA level and when he's really ready there will be no doubts.

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February 1, 2012  11:01 AM ET
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Harper's main problems are his attitude and mouth......

could harper play with his mouth tied up? perhaps they need to put some rope around his mouth!!

 
February 1, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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What's the hurry? It's not as though they're making a move towards leading their division. Let the kid get some experience at the AAA level and when he's really ready there will be no doubts.

the nationals could regreted playing harper in the early season!!!

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