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Harper runs the gamut in 1st year in the minors

Associated Press//June 6, 2011

Harper runs the gamut in 1st year in the minors

By Associated Press

//June 6, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — Bryce Harper’s raw numbers suggest the No. 1 overall pick from last year’s draft could soon be ready for the majors. He’s batting .338 with 13 home runs for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns.

But those who see Harper every day know he still has a ways to go. There are dozens of things that go into making a big league player, and the 18-year-old prospect for the Washington Nationals is only starting to master some of them.

Baserunning has been a noticeable issue. Harper hit his first walk-off home run last week, but he got picked off and also got caught in a rundown earlier in that same game.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says Harper won’t play in the majors this season.


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