RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond baseball fans will have to wait 13 days to see the "greatest hitting prospect of his generation." Major League Baseball has requested that Bryce Harper travel to Phoenix, AZ, for the All-Star Futures Game on Friday. Therefore, he will not travel with the Harrisburg Senators to Richmond for Friday's game.
Harper is expected to be with the Senators when they return to The Diamond for a four-game series from July 21st to July 24th. The Flying Squirrels were notified of the change in Harper's travel schedule this afternoon by the Senators. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo says his plan is to keep Harper in AA for the rest of the season.
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.
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.