Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/27/13
The Reds' Joey Votto called me over to his locker on Friday. He had something he wanted to say. "Bryce Harper is pretty good," Votto said, smiling. Initially, as I reported on the MLB on Fox pre-game show Saturday , I thought Votto was kidding. But he wasn't, not at all. The quote you're about to read about Harper is not from some media myth-maker, but one of the best, most studious hitters in the game. "I don't think he can fail," Votto said. "With his swing and his size, I'm not sure it's possible for him to fail." Votto issued a qualifier, saying that Harper will need to avoid distractions and injuries. But when I asked Votto why he felt so certain about Harper, he quickly rattled off a series of attributes, as if reading from a checklist. In no particular order, Votto talked about Harper's quick bat, his swing path, his leverage; his ability to hit lefties and righties; his ability to hit to all fields. Votto also mentioned Harper's moxie. "After his at-bat against (Arol...
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