According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Bryce Harper put on a show at Nationals batting practice this afternoon:
"Washington Nationals top pick Bryce Harper took batting practice today at Nationals Park before his introductory news conference, and in front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both teams and a throng of media he promptly deposited a pitch into the third deck in right field...Harper's best power output came in his final round of batting practice, when he homered on three straight pitches. The first landed in the left field bullpen, the next in the right field bullpen and the third to straightaway center field."
Harper, 17, is at Nats park today to officially be introduced as a National. It seems he let his bat do the talking before his mouth got a chance. The recently signed first-overall draft pick is well known for his massive natural power and impressive bat speed, he gave the Nationals brass a first had show of it today.
Hearing this news I couldn't help but think about the exhibition game in R.F.K. before the Nationals moved here where Mark McGwire put on a show in batting practice. Many swore it was one of the most amazing feats they had ever seen. Who knows, in four or five years such a feat could be a weekly occurance if you get to Nats Park early enough for a home game.
Hopefully all the Nats fans who got tickets for today in order to see fellow phenom Stephen Strasburg pitch showed up early to watch Harper hit some bombs in Nats park...it might be the only chance to see such a feat for the next several years as many expect the outfielder to have a few years of development in the minors.
Are you excited yet?