Thursday, June 23, 2011
Harper, Peacock in Futures Game
This is merely the latest accolade for Harper, 18, who has already played in the Arizona Fall League and the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The right fielder will be stacked up against some of the minor leagues' other premier talents, all of them with a considerable age and experience advantage.
Harper enters the second half of the season at low-Class A Hagerstown hitting .330 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and a 1.014 OPS that ranks third in the Sally League.
He's not, however, the youngest player ever selected for the Futures Game. Eight other 18-year-olds have participated in previous games (including Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez) and three 17-year-olds have played (Jose Tabata, Angel Villalona and Wilmer Flores).
Peacock hasn't received nearly as much publicity as Harper, though he's certainly performed well enough to warrant it. The 23-year-old right-hander, a 41st-round pick in the 2006 draft, is 8-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) for Class AA Harrisburg.
The Futures Game will be played Sunday, July 10 at 6 p.m. Eastern, televised live on ESPN2.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 2:05 PM