(Jim Bowden ranks baseball's top 50 prospects. Screengrab via FOXSports.com)
While you're sitting around wondering if Elijah Dukes ever got stoned with the Racing Presidents, here's a little Jim Bowden trivia for you:
Which former Nationals second round draft pick did ex-Nats GM Bowden once describe as having "Barry Bonds-level eyes" and "Vladimir Guerrero-bat speed and power"? No cheating! Link to the answer is below.
And so, while we're on the topic of Jim Bowden and draft picks, it seems like a good time to mention that FOXSports.com has posted Jim Bowden's ranking of the top 50 prospects in baseball. It's a fun read, and two Nats make Jimbo's list: Bryce Harper is #1, Derek Norris #49. Cue up the carnival music, because here's Jimbo, via FoxSports.com, describing Harper and Norris:
1. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals — He has light tower power with serious whack in his bat. Hold your ears when he hits, his sweet spot contact makes the same loud noise as Bonds and Griffey's did. Should be an easy transition from C to RF with a gun for an arm.. Watch for him to make it to the major leagues in his teenage years. A future 40 HR clean-up hitter with power to all fields.
49. Derek Norris, C, Washington Nationals — He has big-time, raw power and could develop into a 30 HR catcher. He has a compact quick, explosive swing with good instincts on how to work the count. Norris has made major strides defensively with the tutelage of nine-time Gold Glove winner Bob Boone. He has really improved in blocking balls and despite the setback of various injuries, he should reach AA sometime this year and could be ready for the major leagues by 2013. (via FOXSports.com, 2/12/2011)
*sigh* I think that pretty much means both guys are doomed. (All kidding aside, we like Jim - we really do.) Oh, and here's the answer to the Jim Bowden trivia question --> (scroll down).