Bryce Harper, the no.1 overall pick in the last draft, will be playing right field and batting sixth in his sixth AFL game tonight in Arizona. In 5 games so far in the Arizona Fall League, the 18-year-old outfielder has hit .368 (7 for 19) with 2 doubles, 1 HR and 4 RBI's for the Scottsdale Scorpions. With a .429 OBP and a .632 SLG, the Nats' future middle-of-the-order bat has shown the power and bat speed everyone's expected. Last time out, however, the young slugger finally showed patience. Harper walked twice in his last outing this past Wednesday, and reached safely on a bunt in another AB.
After just a year of JUCO ball at the College of Southern Nevada in which a then-17-year-old Bryce Harper (using a wooden bat) 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 first pick in the 2010 Draft which the Nationals earned with their second-straight 100+ loss season in 2009.
After signing a 5-year/$9.9M dollar deal at the last possible minute before the mid-August signing deadline for 2010 Draft picks, Harper first played in the Florida Instructional League, hitting in 15 of 47 at bats, with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR's and 12 RBI's. Harper, who posted a .319/.407/.702 line, earned a 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 playing tonight since some of the regulars are out of the lineup and scheduled to meet in tomorrow night's AFL Rising Stars game. Bryce Harper's sixth AFL game starts at 9:35 pm in D.C. Keep up with the action below...
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