Feel The Breeze

Harper strikes out twice in his Spring Training debut

The Nationals #1 draft pick Bryce Harper made his 2011 Spring Training debut and as the pic and the headline says, twice the phenom went down on strikes — swinging at a breaking pitch in the dirt the first time on an 0-2 count and missing a 1-2 fastball in his second AB. He had come into the game as a pinch-runner for DH Matt Stairs.

The Washington Nationals won the game 9-3, highlighted by a pair of two-run home runs by Michael Morse in the 7th and 9th innings, both of which preceded Harper’s strikeouts.

Wilson Ramos got the start behind the plate and went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, while Danny Espinosa went 1-for-2 with HBP while playing 2B. No baserunners tried to steal against Ramos while Espinosa started a 4-6-3 double play in the second inning.

Other notable prospects…

  • Corey Brown replaced Nyjer Morgan in CF and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
  • Brian Broderick pitched the 6th inning and allowed one hit while striking out one.
  • Adam Carr finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning and also struck out one.

The two teams play each other tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Viera.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

9 thoughts on “Feel The Breeze”

  1. at the game today will be in coco for a week or so. much to talk about , Harper struck out twice , looked a bit out of sync

    will report on other players both in mini camp, and watching other players work out

    good feeling being here

  2. Great. Wish I could have taken my “swagger wagon” down to Viera, but couldn’t get away. Look forward to the reports!

  3. Feel the breeze, indeed. Harper, Shmarper; Let’s move along – Nothing to see here (yet).

    I’m almost glad he looked a little lost at the plate today; It could make some of the National press & local blog commenters step back, take a deep breath & possibly re-think their projections for the kid (no problems with this blog’s projection for him, however). Glad the Nationals looked steady in their romp over the Mets this afternoon.

  4. Saw the game on mlbtv … note to BHarp34 and Michael Morse fans …

    Michael Morse had the war paint on under his glasses … not as extensive as BHarp34 but it looks like the veterans have accepted Harper … and that’s a positive to take way

  5. Yes, we need no more Segway-Joy riding, Leather “PANTS” “reign of error” bone head moves as with Justin Maxwell … let Harper prove he is ready by smacking down AA pitching first …

  6. A couple of Nats were mentioned in the latest “Ask BA”. Cole was mentioned as a Top 150 prospect with a peak ranking of 100. And Eury Perez in an answer to one of the questions:

    “Perez also got off to a slow start and finished strong in 2010. He won’t hit for much power, but he should produce for average and steal plenty of bases with his well above-average speed. He also should develop into a good center fielder. “(J. Callis)


  7. crystal ball question: which young Nat will break the rookie win record by Carl Morton in 1970 for expos of 18. Lets hope Rizzo never makes a Carl Morton for Pat Jarvis deal!!! LOL!!! Morton was like Aaaron Carr- came up as a RF and became a pitcher. Solis, Cole or ray???? or????
    Sue: what is the buzz about AA shortstop for spring camp break??? JJ or a free agent or get along with Dan Lyons glove for a spell???

    1. At 26, Lyons is a candidate to retire or warm the bench in Harrisburg. One has to think that Chris McConnell (listed at Syrcause, but unlikely to start there) and Josh Johnson are the two most likely candidates.

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