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Harper headed to Futures Game

Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:40 pm
 
Bryce HarperBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's hardly a surprise, but Bryce Harper has been selected for next month's All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Major League Baseball released the entire Futures Game roster Thursday that, in addition to Harper, includes last year's No. 3 overall pick Manny Machado of the Orioles, Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, Rays lefty Matt Moore, Cleveland infielder Jason Kipnis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The entire roster is available here.

The game, played on the Sunday before the All-Star Game, features some of the top talent in the minor leagues. Harper is certainly that.

The No. 1 pick in last year's draft hit .330/.429/.586 with 14 home runs in 64 games in the first half of the season at low-Class A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Nationals' other Futures Game representative, right-hander Brad Peacock was a 41st-round pick in the 2006 draft. The 23-year-old is 8-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 11 starts and 13 total games for Double-A Harrisburg.

Each team is represented in the game, which features 25-man rosters split among a team made of players from the United States and then a World team. The latter features players from 12 different countries and territories outside the 50 states.

Also, make sure you get ready, because the Eye On Baseball team will be on-site at Chase Field for the Futures Game and for the rest of the All-Star Festivities from July 10-12.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:26 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

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Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:07 am
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

reports are they wanted him to play in the class-a all star game before they moved him. also there is talk about problems with the field at harrisburg (nats aa) particularly in right field, and they dont want to risk him getting hurt. i wouldnt be surprised if he stays at lo a or move to high a for the year and then go straight to triple-a next year. 



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:07 am
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

Relax. He's learning to be a pro. He'll be at AA by year end and if things go well he could be in the bigs by June or July next year. No reason at all to rush him or his clock. Let him arrive right as the team is arriving as a whole. Sending him to a losing club and starting the clock on his impending move to the yanks in free agency is no good for the Nats.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

I fully realize the risk of bringing someone up and hurting their ego a little if they can't make it but this guy has to eventually lose his enthusiasm for playing at that level and dominating.  He is very young and "very" egotisical and if he doesn't make it, then maybe it would have more of a positive impact on him than bad.  It could make him work harder.  But it is absolutely absurd to leave him at a level that he is so overly overmatched for.



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

I know it's single A ball but seriously, how many 18 year olds have put up those kind of numbers in their first year in Professional Baseball!

The No. 1 pick in last year's draft hit .330/.429/.586 with 14 home runs in 64 games in the first half of the season at low-Class A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League

Excuse me, it half the season!!!  Sick!



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Harper headed to Futures Game

They need to call this kid up at some point and just see??  Not emough to shake his confidence ( just in case) but enough so they and we, sports fans can get a peak!  From the stories I read and what I have seen of him, I think this kid can be one of those very young players that just light it up!  There have only been a handful and I think he could be one of them!  Arod is one that comes to mind!  Griffey, Gooden, Fernando. All under 20 and blew it up! 


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