2010 top overall draft pick Bryce Harper has been called up by the Washington Nationals and is set to make his major league debut Saturday night against the Dodgers. 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his throwing shoulder to open up the roster spot.
Harper, 19, is a prodigy in every sense, having graduated high school early to play junior college baseball in Nevada. After tearing up JC pitching Harper was taken first overall in 2010 and has consistently been at or near the top of all legitimate prospect lists.
So far this season with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs, Harper hasn’t posted the kind of numbers he is used to. After 72 ABs he has a line of .250/.333/.375 with one HR and 3 RBI. He has been playing LF, which is a spot that has been brutally bad for the Nationals so far this young season.
There are no guarantees for Harper, according to Nationals leadership, but he is definitely going to get at least the 15 days of Zimmerman’s DL stint to make a case to stay in the bigs.
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BRYCE HARPER STATS on MiLB.com