Elliott Speirs, a 16 year old bat boy for the Portland Sea Dogs was one of two teenagers in the Hadlock Field visiting team’s dugout on Tuesday, Bryce Harper was the other. This piece by Portland Press Herald columnist Steve Solloway puts into perspective just how young Harper is and how big the pressures he faces on a nightly basis are. Great read.
50 Home Runs and 50 Stolen Bases in a major league season. It’s never been done before. Harrisburg Senators manager Tony Beasley believes Bryce Harper could eventually be the first to reach that elusive milestone. In a fantastic read by CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel, a must follow on twitter @GreggDoyelCBS, Doyel visits Akron, Ohio and sees what daily life is like for the Washington Nationals prospect, talks to Beasley in depth about Harper’s future, and recaps the ups and downs of Harper’s 2011 season.
Nothing beats a Minor League Baseball in game promotion that involves a competition for a Foam Finger. How do you make that even better, add a person who wasn’t paying attention in third grade geography class. We present epic fail from Friday night’s Syracuse Chiefs game.
Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper injured what appeared to be his hamstring in the 8th inning of the Harrisburg Senators game against the Akron Aeros. Harper who had walked, was injured going from first to third on an Archie Gilbert double. The video below shows Harper being helped off the field and unable to put much if any weight on the leg.
The last time Jerome Williams pitched in the big leagues it was 2007 and he went 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts for the Washington Nationals. Since then the former 1st round pick of the San Francisco Giants back in 1999 has literally gone around the globe in an effort to return to the majors. Since his stint with the Nationals, Williams has been a member of the Las Vegas 51’s, Sacramento Rivercats, Salt Lake City Bees, Inland Empire 66ers, Long Beach Armada, Lancaster Barnstormers, and even the Uni-President Lions in Taiwan. When Williams phone rang Tuesday night, he didn’t answer it. A text message later, he found out he was headed back to the big leagues for the first time in over four years. He responded with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless ball closing out Anaheim’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Williams was promoted after going 7-2 with a 3.91ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake covering 73.2 innings in which he struck out 60 while walking just 15. In the story by Angels beat writer Bill Plunkett who is a must follow on twitter @billplunkettocr, Williams talks about his disbelief at being back in the big leagues, the long journey between now and 2007, and overcoming the label of being “lazy” during his first run in the majors with the Giants, Cubs, and Nationals.
The Hagerstown Suns, the Low-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals honored the late Nick Adenhart with a night in his honor as they took on the Lexington Legends. Adenhart’s mother Janet Gigeous threw out the first pitch, a plaque honoring Adenhart was placed on the Suns Wall of Fame, and a silent auction was held to raise money for the Nick Adenhart Foundation. The late Los Angeles Angels pitcher was killed by a drunk driver hours after pitching six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics in April 2009. He was a native of Williamsport MD which is located just a few miles from Hagerstown. In the story, Adenhart’s mother talks about the fun her son had growing up watching the Suns play, the memorial foundation created in his honor, and keeping his legacy alive through contributions to youth baseball.
This folks is why Washington Nationals Double-A outfielder Bryce Harper is the best prospect in baseball. The 18 year old blasted a Ryan Pope 3-2 pitch to dead center field that went 480 feet, according to MILB.com, to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-2 walk off win over the Trenton Thunder on Friday night. It was Harper’s third Home Run in Double-A and his first at home in Harrisburg. See the Home Run from multiple angles.
On a night in which Bryce Harper stuck out twice against San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Eric Surkamp, it was the second of the two that was noteworthy. Harper took what looked to be ball four on a full count pitch, and headed to first. As he did so he was rung up by the home plate umpire Max Guyll. Harper slammed his helmet into the ground and was immediately ejected and then proceeded to give Guyll a piece of his mind. Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley was also ejected. Harper gets pretty intense following the ejection.
An outstanding job by the folks at BaseballNewsHound.com who taped all of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg‘s rehab start on Sunday for Hagerstown. They have edited down the footage into an eight minute clip showing all 31 of Strasburg’s pitches against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. In addition at the end of the video they show the sea of people hoping for Strasburg’s autograph after the game. Outstanding job both with the video taping as well as the editing process. You can follow Baseball News Hound on twitter @BBNewsHound
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg began his 2011 season with his first rehab start for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns. Strasburg who is 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery went 1.2 innings allowing one run on three hits. He did not walk a batter, and four of the five outs he recorded were by strikeout. His only blemish on the scoreboard was a solo home run by Greensboro Grasshoppers catcher Jacob Realmuto in the second inning. He through 31 pitches, 25 of which were for strikes. Strasburg’s next rehab start is expected to take place with the High-A Potomac Nationals.