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Bryce Harper Tearing It Up In Single-A

Bryce Harper, Baseball America’s number 1 prospect to tearing it up in Single-A Hagerstown. The Hagerstown Suns are the single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals who drafted Harper in last years draft with the overall number one pick. Harper has been amazing ever since he was 12 and was drafted when he was only 17.
Here are his numbers for this year so far:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2011 18 Hagerstown SALL A WSN 42 175 153 31 53 13 0 10 34 7 3 22 35 .346 .429 .627 1.056 96 2 0 0 0 5
1 Season 42 175 153 31 53 13 0 10 34 7 3 22 35 .346 .429 .627 1.056 96 2 0 0 0 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2011.

These numbers are obviously very impressive but the number that stands out the most to me is his 1.056 OPS. For comparison, the only person who has an OPS of over 1.000 in the major leagues and at least 175 plate appearances is Jose Bautista, who had a OPS of 1.330, but that is a post for another time.
Yes, Harper is only playing in single-A, which is much different then the major leagues, but an OPS of over 1.000 is impressive anywhere. I am personally kind of surprised that Harper is still only in single-A and that he hasn’t been promoted being as the major league season is over 1/4 done. I will be very interested to see if, when he comes up, he will be able to hit major league pitching and become the super star some experts believe he will be, or if he will slow down and become an average player.


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