Harper Makes First Appearance in Richmond

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Bryce Harper is considered to be the best hitting prospect of his generation and the 18 year old outfielder found himself promoted to Class AA Harrisburg by the Nationals three weeks ago.  This weekend he's making his first appearance at The Diamond, as the Senators opened up a series with the Flying Squirrels on Thursday.

Harper started off strong in his first three games, but has since struggled at the AA level.  Last year's number one draft pick with a .175 average, tallying seven hits in 40 at-bats following Thursday's action, and has just two RBI.  He went 1-for-5 in Thursday's game, an 8-5 Flying Squirrels' win.

The outfielder was promoted after making Class A look easy.  Harper hit .318 with the Hagerstown Suns with 14 home runs and 46 RBI.  He says that he thinks it's pretty good that he's 18 years old and playing AA baseball.  He also says that his experience has forced him to mature faster than most people his age.  He is expected to remain at the AA level for the remainder of the 2011 season.

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