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Bryce Harper debuts in the Arizona Fall League

Oct 21, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

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Super prospect Bryce Harper made his professional debut in Scottsdale last night. The results: interesting. According to Keith Law, he was 1 for 4, with one of those outs being a ridiculously high fly ball. The hit was a double that was scorched. He apparently put on a show in batting practice. The raw power of this kid is amazing. He’s 18. He’s going to get stronger. He already can hit the ball 500 feet. Mercy.

The concern: he was super aggressive, first-pitch swinging and getting out ahead of pitches, even in batting practice.  That’s going to be noted soon and he’s going to get so much junk thrown his way it’ll make his head spin.  Based on his recent interviews, he seems impossibly eager to go out and run through brick walls and stuff. You have to assume a lot of this is a function of basically not playing baseball for five months.  You also have to assume he’ll get over it soon and start putting on a real show.

  1. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    1-for-4? That’s it? Lousy .250 hitter. Cut him. He’ll never amount to anything.

  2. easports82 - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    The aggressiveness could also be a product of him being 18 and needing to grow up… a lot.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM

      Not that Law’s automatically correct, but if you follow the link you’ll see he thinks it’s a product of not having played a real baseball game since May and chomping at the bit.

  3. Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Looks like he…sort of…cut back on the eye black? At least he doesn’t look like the Ultimate Warrior anymore.

    • hasbeen5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

      I thought the same thing. Maybe the bench coach told him how it’s done in pro ball.

  4. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    http://mikegehrling.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/ultimate-warrior.jpg
    No… no steroids there…..

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