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Bryce Harper has a 1.039 OPS in the Arizona Fall League

Nov 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper has been limited to playing twice per week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick has been extremely impressive when in the lineup, batting .343 with six extra-base hits and a 1.039 OPS in nine games.

Not bad for the second-youngest player in Arizona Fall League history.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com notes that Harper is expected to begin next season–and make his official professional debut–at low Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, where he’ll still be younger than the average player by two years.

  1. BC - Nov 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Um…. why are they limiting him to twice a week?

    • Gobias Industries - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      They don’t wanna tucker the lil’ fella out.

      They also give him an animal cookie and a box of apple juice whenever he reaches first base.

    • JBerardi - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

      He’s super young for the AFL and, more importantly, has zero pro game experience. I think they just want him to get his feet wet a little, and get a couple looks at him in game action before throwing him directly into full-season ball next year (a very advanced placement for someone his age). Starting him full-time against a bunch of AA/AAA level competition would have been needlessly aggressive.

    • hackerjay - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:22 AM

      I’m pretty sure the way the AFL works is that teams can mostly only send AA and AAA players, but they can also send a couple guys below that, except they can only play twice a week.

      Either way, it’s pretty impressive that Harper is doing this well even though he is facing mostly MLB-ready talent.

  2. Walk - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Just came off a full jc season too i think. First year is often kind of light. Good news though that he is doing well. Not a nats fan but i hope he continues to do well. If he keeps this pace up though he might be able to get someone to show him how to use eye black or even afford some shades. Sorry folks had throw a dig or two in.

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