Thursday, April 28, 2011
Harper sparks bench-clearing incident
Bryce Harper has had quite an eventful week. After his pro career got off to a sluggish start, the 18-year-old outfielder has gone on a bit of a tear. He's homered in three of his last five games, this after getting contact lenses upon learning his vision wasn't so great. He crashed into the wall in Hagerstown making a catch and missed the second half of a doubleheader because of it.
Last night, Harper squared off against Jameson Taillon, the right-hander selected by the Pirates one spot behind him in last summer's draft. Taillon, in his minor-league debut, walked Harper in the top of the first, then didn't face him again because heavy rain forced the suspension of the game after two innings.
Harper had already made headlines the previous night when he exchanged some words with West Virginia's catcher after crossing the plate upon homering. When Harper struck out looking later in the game, he and the opposing pitcher started jabbering back and forth, and that prompted both benches to empty. Check out the above video link from CSNwashington.com to see what happened.
At the end of all this, Harper is starting to put up some impressive numbers for Hagerstown. Over his last five-plus games, he's 7-for-17 with three homers, eight RBI and five walks. In 17-plus total games now, he's batting .286 with a .948 OPS.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 10:18 AM