ALLENTOWN, PA -- It was a tough night for heralded prospect Bryce Harper of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, making his first local appearance of the year.
Harper went 1-for-5 with a triple and three strikeouts as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, at Coca-Cola Park.
Harper had 11 strikeouts in 28 spring training at-bats with the Washington Nationals, so that is part of his game that must be worked on.
Still, it’s hard to find anybody in baseball that doesn’t think Harper will eventually be a superstar.
Yet those who campaigned that he make the Nationals team out of spring training were probably being overly optimistic.
Harper will need time to hone his skills as this opening of a three-game series with the IronPigs showed.