- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say they have reached an agreement with No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper on a major league contract.

Clubs faced a deadline of midnight EDT Monday to come to terms with players picked in June’s amateur draft.

A year ago, the Nationals agreed to a record-breaking $15.1 million, four-year contract with top pick Stephen Strasburg a little more than a minute before the deadline. Strasburg made his big league debut June 8, a day after Harper was drafted.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Harper is a 17-year-old power-hitting junior college catcher the Nationals plan to convert to an outfielder. He’s the first JUCO player taken with the first overall selection.

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