The human superlative himself, aka Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, will not join the short list of players who jumped right into the major leagues. After picking up seven hits, two doubles and five RBI in 18 spring training at bats, Harper was shipped down to the farm and the Nationals Single-A affiliate in Hagerstown.
The Hagerstown Suns’ regular season kicks off on Thursday against the Rome Braves in Georgia, but prior to that series in the Peach State, the Suns will have an intrafranchise, exhibition battle with the Double-A affiliate of the Nats, the Harrisburg Senators. Harper is likely to see the field in today’s exhibition at Municipal Field, and I’m sure that he has the same hope to move quickly through the minors like last year’s top Nats prospect. Can’t remember what that guy’s name was.