During "The Mike Rizzo Show" on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. last night, the Nats' GM was once again asked, this time by hosts Bill Rohland and Danny Rouhier, when Bryce Harper would be moving up from Low-A Hagerstown? Do the Nationals have a timeline for when their 2010 no. 1 overall pick will make the jump to High-A Potomac? "I do have a timeline," Rizzo said, "I'm not going to share it with you or the [listening] audience. But we have an idea of what we're doing and the time frame and the parameters that we'd like to see him get through, mileposts and that type of thing. Suffice it to say, this is an extremely talented young man, extremely well-behaved, great make-up, great competitiveness, and we're really enjoying seeing him develop into a great young man and a great young player."
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Though he wouldn't give up a timeline, Rizzo was asked if Harper was meeting or exceeding the team's expectations for him? "I don't think he's ever going to exceed my expectations or his own," the Nationals' General Manager explained, "because I have such a lofty expectation level [for him]. He's a terrific young player. We knew what we drafted when we drafted him, and we knew what we were getting, so, he's on pace to become a great young major league player in the very near future. He continues to get his work done, and to hit, like I said, milepost after milepost in his development, and we see a guy that we believe is going to be an effective player, an impact-type player for us in the very near future."
After the Nats' 18-year-old phenom was named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week yesterday for a week in which he hit in 12 of 24 at bats with four doubles, one home run and four RBIs between May 2-8, Harper went out last night and singled in his first at bat to stretch his hit-streak to 13 games. Harper was 0 for 3 this afternoon before he came through with a two-out RBI single to stretch the streak to 14 games (oh and drive in a run) in what ended up a 7-3 Suns' win over the Baltimore Orioles' low-A affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds. Harper ends the day hitting .377 in 30 games and 106 at bats after going 2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 K's.
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