In three days, the Washington Nationals will make the 10th first-round draft pick in their short history. Six of those picks already have spent significant time inside the Nationals' major league clubhouse, leaving lofty expectations for those who follow.
"To get from the Dead Sea — below sea level — to going up Mount Everest, it's a long haul," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said of the team's farm system. "Doing it in just five years, patting ourselves on the back, it's pretty phenomenal."
Yes, Bryce Harper is still 18 years old. That's easy to forget after his first three months in the minor leagues elevated his legend to levels that would make Paul Bunyan blush.