Today must be phenom day here in Washington. First all the hub bub about John Wall's debut tonight and now an update on Bryce Harper from the Arizona Fall League. 3:1 the next update is about Strasburg, probably what he is wearing for Halloween. But anywho, back to Harper.â†µ
The most exciting part of Harper's game is his bat, there is no question about that. But he also has a hell of an arm, one that could be a very important part of his ability to play defense in right field. When he was in high school he could hit 96 on the radar gun, and he wasn't even a pitcher. According to Ben Goessling at MASN, he's starting to put that hose to good use out in Arizona.â†µ
In the second inning yesterday, Mesa Solar Sox outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis tried to score from third on a fly ball to Harper. But Harper threw a strike home, gunning down the Mets prospect at home plate.â†µ
Shows that guy for having such a long and difficult to pronounce last name. Harper went 0-4 that day, but the Fall League is all baout development, and that means getting better in every facet. Harper is learning a new position and signs like this that his natural physical ability will be able to translate to right field are very encouraging.