Harper Goes 2 for 3 in Sens Debut
By Editorial Staff
Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals 1st overall pick from the 2010 Draft, didn’t waste much time on continuing his hot streak through the Minors. In his debut with the Harrisburg Senators Monday night, “The Phenom” notched 2 singles with a walk and run scored to kick start his stint in Double-A ball. After spending the beginning of the 2011 season with the Hagerstown Suns, Harper was promoted yesterday to Harrisburg, PA surpassing High-A ball in Potomac.
Harper has been primarily playing Right Field since the beginning of his pro career, but has the opportunity to man Left Field at last night’s game. A change of scenery will help Harper in due time as it is yet to been seen where the Nationals will staple him into the field.
“I’m going to go out, play hard and let [the Nationals] make the decisions [on where I play],” Harper told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. “I’m just trying to win ballgames here in Harrisburg…It’s one step closer to the big leagues.” Harper is clearly adamant about rising through the ranks and reaching the Majors but has also showed he is there to support each team he plays for and put up some numbers in the win column.
After a 3 month stay in Hagerstown, MD Harper hit .318, garnering 82 hits, and driving in 46 RBI’s. He also sported an OBP of .423, Slugging Percentage of .554, and an OPS of .977.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch Bryce Harper in action, he will participating in the 2011 Futures Game in Phoenix, Arizona before the MLB All-Star Game.