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Aaron Rowand: Bryce Harper's 'Got It All'

May 25, 2010 – 9:41 PM
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Jeff Fletcher

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Aaron RowandSAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo stood in the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park on Tuesday and told reporters that the team has made a decision on who it will take with the No. 1 pick in next month's draft, although he wouldn't say who it is.

Meanwhile, in the other clubhouse, Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand said that Bryce Harper is really good.

Harper, of course, is widely expected to be the player the Nationals tab with the first selection in the June 7 draft. Rowand, one of the few big-leaguers who actually has worked closely with Harper, fully endorsed that selection.

"He's got unbelievable tools," Rowand told FanHouse. "He's got it all. He can hit. He can throw. He can hit for power. He's good behind the plate."

Rowand's brother-in-law is the hitting coach at College of Southern Nevada, and Rowand is a long-time friend of CSN coach Tim Chambers. He lives in Las Vegas and worked out at CSN all winter, where he frequently ran into Harper.

So far the only negatives around Harper are some perceived makeup or personality issues.

"I haven't spent a ton of time with him, but the times I've been around watching him do his stuff, I haven't seen that," Rowand said. "He's a good kid. He wants to learn. He wants to get better. In the times I got to meet him and say hello, he was very nice."

Rowand said he doesn't think Harper will take long to get to the majors.

"He's still young," he said. "Through the maturing process of playing in the minor leagues and getting at-bats and adjusting to pitching, obviously those things are going to have to come, but his talent level should make those adjustments fairly easy for him. His challenge is going to be the expectation that's going to be placed on him...

"If he just goes out and plays baseball and does what he's capable of doing, he'll be what everybody thinks."
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