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Bryce Harper is here, for now

Harper, the Washington Nationals 19-year-old phenom and top pick in the 2010 draft, made his MLB debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper, who was anointed as “Baseball’s Chosen One” when he was just 16 went 1-for-3 and crushed a ninth inning double for his first-ever MLB hit. Coming much sooner than expected, the call-up was more out of necessity as the Nationals were not only trying to make due without clean up hitter Michael Morse (torn lat muscle) who is expected to be out until at least June, but also third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the DL. Harper was the best power option in their system and got the call. “Suffice to say, this isn’t the coming out party for Bryce that we had in mind,” Nats GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Times. Harper was batting .250 with Triple-A Syracuse at the time of his call-up. Harper’s lone home run of the season came on April 22 off of New York Mets No.4 prospect Jeurys Familia.

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