Bryce Harper Conference Call

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, June 08, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

The Washington Nationals conducted a brief conference call with 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper and D.C. media

Harper indicated that he was extremely excited to join the Nationals, and looking forward to one day joining the lineup with Stephen Strasburg.  He said he'd be on a plane this evening but was DVRing tonight's game to go back and watch.

He was asked on several occasions to give a timeline or predict what his summer would look like, but the Scott Boras client held the line, maintaining that he would spend his summer working out, spending time with family, and get a little fishing in.

In yesterday's press conference, Nats GM Mike Rizzo seemed confident that the team and the player would be able to come to a quick agreement to get Harper on the field "before the Aug. 15 deadline," but Harper wouldn't bite when asked to comment what his timetable might be to make his debut this summer.

Harper said his motivation would be to get stronger over the summer and work on all facets of his game.  He is excited to play outfield full-time, citing a need to play there more, but that he feels comfortable in right field, center field, catcher or third base.

The Nationals plan to have another press conference later this evening to discuss later draft picks.