Dec. 9, 2010
-- Hawthorne, NJ – December 9, 2010 – Akadema and Washington Nationals Outfielder, Bryce Harper, have agreed to a five-year glove contract Akadema President, Lawrence Gilligan, announced today. The 18 year-old Harper was selected first overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft and is widely regarded as the top prospect in all of baseball. Although Harper played catcher in high school and college, the Washington Nationals drafted him as an outfielder stating the move would accelerate his development in the minor leagues and extend his professional career. Just one year ago, after receiving the 2009 Baseball America High School Player of the Year Award, Harper received his GED and matriculated to the College of Southern Nevada, where his brother was a member of the baseball team. In 66 games at Southern Nevada, Harper hit 31 home runs (HR) and 98 runs batted in (RBI). His 31 HR shattered the previous school record of 12 on his way to being named the 2010 Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year. In addition to being named conference player of the year, Harper was also honored with the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, given to the top collegiate baseball player in the country.
Bryce Harper joins Akadema’s stable of young talent including Cameron Maybin, Derek Holland, and Vin Mazzaro. Harper’
s game-day glove of choice is the Akadema ACM 39. Akadema Vice President, Kris Totten remarked, “We’re ecstatic to have Bryce representing the brand. He’s obviously a great talent and has the ability to do things in this game that only a handful of players can match.” After excelling in the Arizona Fall League, there is great anticipation of Harper breaking camp next spring with the Nationals major league club. Harper has a five-year contract worth $9.9 million with the Washington Nationals, which will keep him in the capital for the duration of his deal with Akadema.
About Akadema: Akadema is the world’s most exciting baseball and softball equipment company. In its short history, Akadema has become the hottest baseball and softball equipment company for professional, college, high school and serious youth players. Akadema attributes their increase in market share to their innovative quality professional product line, which is contrast to mass production products that have little to do with quality or feel. Akadema has long stood for high quality and performance and wants you to Bring Your "A" Game. Akadema comes highly endorsed by MLB players like: Manny Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Cameron Maybin, Bryce Harper, Derek Holland, Vin Mazzaro, Brad Ziegler, Craig Breslow, David Murphy, Sergio Romo, Ross Ohlendorf and many others as well as Senior Advisors and MLB Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Carl Yastrzemski.
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