Just how much of a draw do the Hagerstown Suns expect Bryce Harper to be?
Well, this should be a pretty good indication: The ballclub announced this week that each of the prized prospect’s
“Now batting, Bryce Harper, brought to you by Miss Utility, reminding you to call 811 before you dig.”
Hmmm, how long till Scott Boras demands his cut?
The Suns, based in Hagerstown, Md., are the high Single A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
And they struck gold when the major league club assigned him there recently. Just remember last year, when Stephen Strasburg was making his brief tour of the minor leagues, he demanded sellout after sellout
(Not that Harper will generate quite the buzz every time he takes the field. After all, he’ll play on a nightly basis, while Strasburg’s appearances were every fifth day.)
Harper, 18, a catcher-turned-outfielder, was the No. 1 overall pick in last June’s draft. In limited action this spring training — 13 games, 18 plate appearances — he hit .389 with three doubles and five RBIs before being reassigned.