The day is finally upon us. The Washington Nationals are calling up uber prospect Bryce Harper on Saturday.
On Sat., the Nationals will place 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day DL & recall OF Bryce Harper, who will make his MLB debut at Dodger Stadium
— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) April 27, 2012
This is huge news for multiple reasons. We’ll start with the negative for Washington: Ryan Zimmerman being placed on the DL (again). Zimmerman only had a .669 OPS in 15 games this year while dealing with a shoulder injury, and hasn’t played since last Friday against the Marlins.
But the Harper news is incredibly huge for this franchise. Harper only had a .708 OPS in AAA Syracuse, and had just a .499 OPS against left-handed pitching. But his walk and strikeout rates were generally fine, and it just seemed to be an issue of Harper pressing too much. Now, he’ll get his shot in the majors. I’d assume he’ll depose the terrible Rick Ankiel/Roger Bernadina platoon in center field, and will play every day. At third base, a combination of Steve Lombardozzi, Chad Tracy, and Mark DeRosa has been getting time there, but I’d assume that the rookie Lombardozzi would get the lion’s share of playing time from here on out due to the offensive ineptitude of Tracy and DeRosa.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Nationals are going for broke. Look out, world.
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