At every level he's played, Bryce Harper has been something of a slow starter. That's probably had something to do with him being the youngest player at every level he's reached, but after an adjustment period, Harper usually catches fire and never looks back.
The 18-year-old isn't there yet at Double-A Harrisburg. But in a doubleheader on Friday, he might have turned a corner.
Harper went 1-for-3 in the first game at Richmond, also stealing a base, and came back with a 2-for-3 night in the second game. He is 4-for-11 in his last three games, after getting only one hit in 21 at-bats over his previous seven games.
If last year's No. 1 overall pick adjusts to the level quickly, he's got a chance to put himself in great position for a major league call-up next year. The Nationals plan for him to go to the Arizona Fall League again this year, but if he sails through Harrisburg this summer, he might start next year at Triple-A Syracuse, and could be in the majors by next summer.