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Bryce Harper’s spring debut: Seven pitches, two strikeouts

Feb 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper made his spring training debut today, coming off the bench against the Mets, and … well, it wasn’t pretty for the 18-year-old No. 1 overall pick.

In his first at-bat Harper struck out on three pitches against left-hander Taylor Tankersley and in his second at-bat he whiffed on four pitches against right-hander Ryota Igarashi.

Seven pitches. Two strikeouts. And absolutely zero impact on his long-term status.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    What did they do give him an extra pitch for his 2nd at bat?

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      One foul tip? That could constitute “whiffing”. Right?

      I want to know. Was he using that Paul Bunyan bat he was seen toting this winter?

      • uyf1950 - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        That crossed my mind originally, but then I figured that would be a foul tip and and a whiff. I always thought a whiff was when you completely missed the the ball.

      • cur68 - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        Yeah, I always thought a whiff was no bat on ball at all. Maybe he got a mulligan on one?

      • Jeremy T - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        I just assumed “whiffed” meant struck out

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Then again, I thought a whiff was a strike with no contact AND a strikeout with no contact on the third strike, but not necessarily the first two without contact. Can we get a ruling from Joe West here?

  2. spudchukar - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    You ain’t in JC anymore, Dorothy.

  3. Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Damn…he really sucks. Time to cut bait with this guy.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Ditto. Dude is a wash. No chance whatsoever.

  4. sdelmonte - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Wasn’t that Strasburg’s line too?

    • phukyouk - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      no i think he was like 50 inning.. 75 SO and on TJ… ohhhh too soon?

  5. BC - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Hopefully Mark Reynolds is not tutoring him on plate discipline, which is what it unfortunately looks like.

    • randomdigits - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      Mark Reynolds has good plate discipline. He has problems making contact. He was amongst the leaders in P/PA last season and walked 83 times.

      • spudchukar - Feb 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

        He may see a lot of pitches, but with 2 strikes he is still vulnerable to those out of the zone. I still like the acquisition by the O’s though. He has a good glove, and can still run, assuming he can overcome last year’s afflictions. Maybe the change of scenery instills the contact adjustments he must make. He probably takes too many pitches.

      • BC - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        He hit about 40 HR’s, walked 83 times and struck out 220 times… that’s like half of his plate appearances for the season right there. Wow. What, did he have like 4 singles?

  6. dickclydesdale - Feb 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Harper said he would bat .450 hit 70 homeruns & break all the records of Babe Ruth.
    I think he is a better salesman then Scott Boras.
    Maybe he will stink as a pro & can negotiate contracts instead.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      And he’s had two at-bats…in spring training…as a fifth-inning replacement….

  7. rcali - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Call me when he’s old enough to have a drink.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Give the kid a break. What did Willie go when he broke in – ohfor 56 or something like that?

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