Prized prospect Harper coming to Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Nationals' farmhand Bryce Harper has been called the most prized hitting prospect of his generation. Richmond baseball fans will have a chance to see him in person on Friday.

Harper was called up to Double-A by the Nationals on Monday.  The 18 year old made his debut with Harrisburg on Monday night, and went 2 for 3, scoring once, and reaching base three times.

The Senators are coming to play the Squirrels for a four game set starting Friday.  Harper is playing in the Futures Game on this weekend in Phoenix at the MLB All-Star Game.  So Harper will only be in Richmond for the Friday game. But Harrisburg does make a return trip to the River City on July 21st for four games.  Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo says his plan is to keep Harper in AA for the rest of the season.

Harper was tearing up single-A Hagerstown, hitting .318 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, and 19 stolen bases.  He was the #1 draft pick by Washington last year, and signed a $9.9 million, five-year contract, the largest ever by a first year player.

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