Bryce Harper made his minor league debut with the Hagerstown Suns going 2 of 4 with an RBI single and a stolen base as the Suns topped the Rome Braves by a score of 3 to 2.
In his very first at bat Harper singled to center field off of Rome Braves starting pitcher Carlos Perez driving home Randolph Oduber in the process giving the Suns a 1 to 0 lead. Harper wound up stealing second base in that very same on 2 outs but was left stranded.
Harper would again single later in the game on a bunt that moved Randolph Oduber over to second base. In that very same inning with a man on 3rd and 1 out he attempted to steal 2nd base but was caught out in a run down that allowed Randolph Oduber to go from third base to home in the process giving the Suns a lead of 2 to 0.
Of his 2 hits Harper said “I was really excited to get up there and when I got those two base hits I felt really good,”.
When talking about his overall day at the plate he said “I tried to go up there and get my pitch to swing at and they got me in my third at-bat and fourth at-bat, so I’ve got to learn from those two times and hopefully get a couple of more hits tomorrow,”.
Also making an impressive debut for the Suns was starting pitcher Cameron Selik who went 5 innings allowing 0 runs with 4 strikeouts and 0 walks. He did not pick up the win due to a blown save by Taylor Jordan but Selik kept them in a position to get the win for 5 whole innings. Selik a 22nd round pick in the 2010 draft spent the 2010 season with the Vermont Lake Monsters where he posted an era of 2.54 in 28.1 innings of relief pitching with 32 strikeouts
Other notable performance for the Suns
Randolph Oduber- 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 steal and 2 runs
up next for the Suns is the Rome Braves today at 7pm