Bryce Harper played his second game as a member of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators on Tuesday, and he used this opportunity to show off his ever evolving defense in the outfield. Harper finished 0-4 from the plate, but displayed his strong throwing arm from left field, and according to Gene Wang of the Washington Post, it impressed his new manager.
“Really nice,” Senators Manager Tony Beasley said of Harper’s fielding. “He’s never been over there [in left field]. Those are different angles to set up and throw. Those throws seemed to be pretty true and on line with a lot of carry. It was impressive. Those were really, really solid throws.”
The two throws in question were made to second base to gun down players who were trying to stretch a single into a double. Harper seems to be adapting well to the outfield, a position he had never really played until he got into the Nationals system. We knew he had the athleticism to excel there, but it seems like he is really making a smooth transition; no matter where you put him.