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Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:45 pm
 
Bryce Harper

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Where Bryce Harper will be on opening day is up in the air, but he will at least start for the Nationals in the team's Grapefruit League opener against the Astros on Saturday, according to the Washington Times.

Harper, 19, will start in right field and hit seventh for the Nationals in Kissimmee, Fla. on Saturday against former Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez. It should be noted, several veterans aren't scheduled to make the trip -- including Jayson Werth. Werth, who had missed several days of workouts with back spasms, is expected to be OK for the start of exhibition games, according to the Washington Times.

The Nationals play an exhibition against Georgetown on Friday, with Harper playing right field and hitting third.

Harper is rated by many as the top prospect in baseball. He hit .297/.392/.501 between Class A and Double-A last season, with 14 of his 17 minor-league homers coming at the Class A level. Harper hit .318/.423/.554 with Class A Hagerstown and .256/.329/.395 with Double-A Harrisburg.

Manager Davey Johnson has stated publicly that he'd like to see Harper get a chance to start the season at the major-league level. It appears he'll get a chance at showing his wares during spring training.

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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

I believe that this is agreat opportunity for this kid, he's the next big thing in baseball. 



Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:20 am
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

Griffey and ARod both liven up to their hype before they were 20.  They obviously weren't superstars that quick, but they both made it to stay.



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

Of course he will start the year in the minors... and he will struggle majorly at the big league level this year after his mid May call up.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:17 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

"Harper hit .318/.423/.554 with Class A Hagerstown and .256/.329/.395 with Double-A Harrisburg he will hit .194/.235/.276 at the Major League Level"....Nothing ever works like that.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

who knows about the davey johnson if they didnt make the playoffs fire me



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:14 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

Based on his numbers at the Class A level. Harper hit .318/.423/.554 with Class A Hagerstown and .256/.329/.395 with Double-A Harrisburg he will hit .194/.235/.276 at the Major League Level. He will be back in minors soon. He needs one more year to figure out how to hit the change up and splitter, Purely a fast ball hitter. He has tremendous upside though…..



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

There's no question that Bryce Harper has a ton of potential, but I do wonder if anybody could possibly live up the hype he's getting.I mean, right now(before Harper ever plays in an MLB game) major sports autograph dealers are asking more for baseballs he's autographed than for balls signed by Hank Aaron & Willie Mays.




Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

He's going to the minors for 20 days.  Its a no brainer decision.  It will give the Nats another year before Harper becomes a free agent.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Harper to start Nationals' Grapefruit opener

looks like Harper will have to play poor to not be on the Nats opening day.


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