A few words on Bryce Harper's unofficial pro debut
Lost amid the news (noise?) of Stan Kasten’s departure (as usual, Mark Zuckerman nails what it really means), some 17-year-old kid made his unofficial pro debut yesterday.
As you might expect, he was rusty, striking out twice in two plate appearances and catching two flyballs while playing right field and wearing the number 34.
MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez tweeted yesterday: “Bryce’s biggest pro challenge won’t be RF. It’ll be patience and learning to stay back. 2 K’s today, both way out in front on offspeed stuff.” If you have more than a few minutes, you can see this for yourself at Steven C. Smith’s SpaceCoastBaseball.com. You can read the rest of Gonzalez’s story here.
Undoubtedly, there will be more stories on this Harper and I’ll do my best to collect the best ones and pass them along.