Less than one month ago, I wrote an article about how Washington Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper was struggling in the Arizona Fall League, like he has done at every new level in his short MiLB career. Well, that struggle is officially over.
Yesterday, Harper went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and hit his 5th HR in the Fall League. He brought his batting average up to .290 and extended his current hitting streak to 11 games. In the last 10 games, Harper is hitting .410 with a 1.390 OPS. Wow. That's all I've got. The young future star of the Nats organization takes a minute to get used to new faces, new pitches, and new surroundings, even though he's been to the AFL before. But once he gets used to it, no pitcher is safe.
Arizona Fall League numbers certainly don't translate to what his MLB numbers will be right off the bat, but pure domination of an entire level of Major League-caliber players is certainly worth noting. I said I had spoken too soon when point out Harper's struggles in the AFL, because it doesn't mean much. But I'll tell you what, when a guy dominates like this at any level, it's worth pointing out.
Joe I just published the 2011 Harrisburg Senators Review on my site and I think you can appreciate this line: "18-year-old Bryce Harper 'struggled' to only reach the league averages for the triple-slash rate stats, hitting it on the nose for OBP and SLG, and missing BA by .003. I’m not prone to fanboy one-handed typing, but that’s pretty damn impressive."