Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 9/14/13
On June 8th, 2009, Sports Illustrated published their weekly periodical bestowing the image of a 16-year-old phenom Bryce Harper. The magazine highlighted his all-around impressive arsenal that included a 96 MPH fastball, natural swing, and talent that was more advanced than Alex Rodriguez or Ken Griffey Jr. at the same age. His talent propelled him to a historic 19-year-old season in 2012 that helped propel the Washington Nationals to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Juan Lagares never received national media attention at 17-years-old when the New York Mets signed him as an international free agent. He never cracked one of Baseball-America’s top prospect lists, either. The 23-year-old Dominican never played an inning of his professional career in center field until he was tested in Binghamton despite looking like he never left a baseball diamond when gracing the position. Is it possible that Harper and Lagares could both be of similar value to their clubs despit...
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