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Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:32 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Due to his ailing hamstring, highly-touted Nationals prospect Bryce Harper will not play in the Double-A playoffs for the Harriburg Senators, which means we can officially close the book on his first professional season (Nationals Journal). The young outfielder will next play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins October 4.

The 18-year-old phenom began the season in Low-A Hagerstown and then jumped a level to Double-A. His numbers for both levels combined: .297 average, 17 homers, 58 RBI, 63 runs, 26 stolen bases and 13 outfield assists. Not bad for someone who was supposed to be graduating high school in June. He did falter a bit in Double-A, though he was far from bad. Expect him to begin in Double-A next season, and it's easy to foresee a September call-up if all goes well. Also expect him to be ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by pretty much every outlet.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:43 am
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

Make no mistake with this kid, he has the chance to be very special.  He is getting the type of attention Griffey jr. would have received if the media pressure was the same.  International prospects start professionally playing at 16 and still take 4-6 years to make it to AA and beyond.  How much of his potential he fulfills is something exciting to watch.

Not a Nationals fan but, to have Strasburg and Harper, not to mention the rest of their developing major and minor organizations is something spectacular.  Hopefully in 20 years we will be able to reminisce about how spectacular the rivalry was between Trout and Harper.  The talent has never been better in baseball.



Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

He'll struggle out of the gate in the bigs as he adjusts to the better pitching.  He has the bat speed to keep up with big league pitching no doubt, but those major league pitchers will fool him a lot with change-ups.  Harper is still extremely raw and he gets out on his front side a lot when he swings.  He'll get fooled a bit between the 96 MPH fastballs switching to 80 MPH change-ups on the next pitch.  I'm not knocking the guy at all, or the talent he posseses...he's just going to have to adjust his mechanics in the big leagues.  Right now he's dominating the minors just based on raw natural ability.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:35 am
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

if he plays in the arizona fall league, he'll start the year in triple a and get the call up at mid season.  he's THAT good...



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:21 am
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

You base your opinion on one play and one bad day at the plate? So AROD isn't allowed to make errors at third and go 0 for whatever?



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

There isn't a team out there that wouldn't trade whatever it takes to get him on their roster.  Considering that his peers just graduated high school and he is playing Double A, I have no problem with the occassional 0 for 5.  And if he doesn't develop as an outfielder they can always move him to first base, but I suspect with his speed once he's played more than 30 or so games in the outfield he just might get a little better at it.  Those 13 assists certainly don't hurt, I imagine they will let him stick with it for a little while longer.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Bryce Harper's season quietly ends

I saw Harper play at low-A ball against the Blueclaws. They've changed his position from catcher to right field. He was like a deer caught in the headlights out there. There was a ball hit in the gap and he didn't even move until the ball hit the ground. He also went 0-5.

Some #1 prospect.


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