Apr 23, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT
Bryce Harper had a big Triple-A debut, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, but then the 19-year-old top prospect went into a prolonged slump that left him hitting around .200 with a .600 OPS.
That also included zero homers in 16 total games, but Harper finally went deep yesterday for the first time at Triple-A, smacking a solo shot off Mets prospect Jeurys Familia in his 61st at-bat of the season.
Harper finished last season hitting .256 with a .724 OPS in 37 games at Double-A and is now hitting .234 with a .675 OPS in 17 games at Triple-A, which shows how silly any calls were for the Nationals to rush him to the majors already.
He remains an elite prospect, perhaps the best in baseball, but 19 is still 19 and now that the Nationals are winning hopefully Harper’s timetable won’t be hurried by anything other than his performance.
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