PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals swings at a pitch during the first inning of the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
When Bryce Harper was promoted to Class AA Harrisburg, Davey Johnson said that Harper needed a challenge. If his latest stats are any indication, he is sufficiently challenged.
Harper is batting just .214 with Harrisburg, with seven strikeouts and no extra-base hits.
“The last two days he's been a little jumpy,” Senators manager Tony Beasley told the Patriot News on Friday, after Harper went 0-for-4. “Maybe he's antsy, trying to do too much, I don't know. He's just trying to make something happen.”
Trying a bit too hard.
We’re not the only ones who think that Harper just needs to calm down a little bit.
“He's just a little hyper, over-swinging a bit. He's geeked up out there,” Senators hitting coach Troy Gingrich said. “But that's part of why he's here. It's going to take him a bit to catch up with the speed of the game, but he's going to hit, and he's going to learn.”
It’s no secret that Harper has been expecting to make the Nats roster sooner rather than later, but taking a look at these two at bats, it should be clear to him that he’s exactly where he needs to be.