Bryce Harper slams first Triple-A home run; Mandel adds new pitch

Syracuse Chiefs center fielder Bryce Harper crushed his first homer at the Triple-A level off of Buffalo Bisons starter Jeurys Familia. Harper also added a single and finished 2-for-3, his average now standing at .242. Buffalo won the game 6-1.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators starter Jeff Mandel has added a breaking ball to his repertoire. The breaking pitch has more depth and is “coming along,” according to a team source. Mandel is 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA in three starts, striking out 10 and walking four.

Teammate Danny Rosenbaum also starting off well at Double-A with a 2-0 record and 1.25 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. Rosenbaum has an amazing 16 strikeouts and no walks through three starts.

Offensively, second baseman Jeff Kobernus is hitting .365 with five doubles, 11 stolen bases and five RBIs in 17 games.

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