The Washington Nationals announced Tuesday afternoon the prospects they will be sending to the 2011 Arizona Fall League. They will be sending five of their prospects to the league and among them is their top offensive prospect Bryce Harper. Joining him will be RHP Pat Lehman, RHP Rafael Martin, LHP Sammy Solis, and catcher Derek Norris.
It will be Harper, Solis and Norris' second go around in the AFL and Harper's first full season in the desert. In 2010 Harper played on the taxi squad of the Scottsdale Scorpions and was only available two games a week. The Scorpions won the AFL championship last season and Harper, Solis and Norris all received rings during an informal ceremony just before batting practice during a Spring Training minor camp session this past March.
More baseball for a budding, young offensive phenom is never a bad thing. Considering Harper skipped Single-A Potomac and that he will be missing the rest of the season the minor league regular season with Double-A Harrisburg due to a hamstring injury, it will be nice to get him hot and going again.