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All in the Nats Family

Associated Press

South Carolina's Bryan Harper delivers a pitch against Clemson during an NCAA college baseball game in Clemson, S.C., Sunday, March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

It has become a family affair in Washington, as the Nats took Bryce Harper's older brother Bryan on Tuesday in the 30th round of the MLB Draft.

The Nats also drafted Bryan Harper out of high school in 2008.

Bryce and Bryan were teammates at the College of Southern Nevada when Bryce was selected with the first overall pick last year. Bryan was selected by the Cubs in the 27th round, but he opted not to sign.

Bryan, currently a junior at South Carolina, is a left-handed pitcher being used mostly in relief. He has logged 18.1 innings this season with a 5.40 ERA and 18/17 K/BB ratio.

He still has a year of eligibility left with South Carolina, and it is yet to be known if the 21-year-old will sign.

Interestingly enough, the Harper brothers seem to play better when they are on the same team.

As a starter at the College of Southern Nevada, Bryan was 10-1 with a 2.18 ERA.

Bryce's line was pretty impressive when teamed up with his older brother, too.

In only 66 games together, he hit .438 with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs.

Maybe the Nats just didn't want anyone else to get the southpaw. Younger brother Bryce admits having trouble hitting his brother.

"I've never been able to hit him," Bryce told Nationals.com.

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