SCOTTSDALE AZ - OCTOBER 23: Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper #34 playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions hits a single against the Phoenix Desert Dogs during the AZ Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium on October 23 2010 in Scottsdale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After just a year of junior college baseball in which a then-17-year-old Bryce Harper posted a .442/.524/.986 slash line with 22 doubles, 4 triples, 29 HR's and 89 RBI's in 62 games and 215 at bats when he should've been a junior in high school, the Nevada-born catcher/outfielder was selected with the no.1 overall pick in the 2010 Draft by the Washington Nationals, who'd selected a once-in-a-generation talent the year before as well when they made Stephen Strasburg the first of the two-straight top picks.
After sitting on the sidelines and working out on his own as he waited for the mid-August signing deadline for 2010 Draft picks, Harper saw his first game action in months in the Florida Instructional League earlier this fall, where he hit in 15 of 47 at bats, stroking four doubles, a triple, and four homers while collecting 12 RBI's, taking seven walks and posting a .319/.407/.702 Instructional League slash line to lead the Nats' prospect-filled squad in homers, RBI's and walks and earn himself of spot on the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions' roster as a member of the Taxi squad which allows him to play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Harper's 3 for 12 in his first three AFL games, with a double and 3 RBI's, but he's coming off an 0 for 4 outing on Wednesday in which he K'd twice in the Scorpions' game against the Mesa Solar Sox. Something tells me Harper's been waiting impatiently to get back on the field...
• Harper's 4th AFL Game begins at 12:35 pm MST, 3:35 pm in D.C. The Peoria Saguaros visit Scottsdale Stadium to take on the Scorpions. Updates on the Scorpions' roster and a link to the MLB.com GameDay live box score will go up when they're available in the Comments section...Who's Following Bryce Harper?