Bryce Harper to be eligible for 2010 MLB draft

In Keith Law's look at the Class of 2010, the wild-card name was Las Vegas High School star Bryce Harper, a 16-year-old catcher who just completed his sophomore year.

Harper and his family told the Las Vegas Review-Journal yesterday that he's going to take his GED test this fall and has already enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada. These steps make Harper eligible for the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, greatly strengthening a rather average class.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Harper hit .626 with 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 36 stolen bases this season for LVHS; he will play on the same CSN team as his older brother, Bryan, a left-handed pitcher transferring from Cal State Northridge for the 2010 season.

Harper has been the talk of the 2011 draft class since hitting a home run measured at 570 feet as a high school freshman, and displays plus tools across the board, including well above-average arm strength and foot speed.

If he completes the GED requirements and attends classes at CSN this fall as planned, he'll be the clear No. 1 talent in next June's class.