Update on Mike Trout and Bryce Harper

Twenty games into their major league careers and so far I was right and wrong about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

No doubt about the fact that Mike Trout, barring injuries, is on the verge of becoming a huge star.  The Angels absolutely made the right move calling him up.  Now it’s just a matter of seeing how he develops.

In the meantime, it looks like Trout will be batting lead-off for the Angels until they decide he has too much power not to bat in the middle of the order.

As for Bryce Harper, he’s playing well enough to stay in the starting line-up for the Nationals, and at this point in his career that’s all he needs to do.  Harper will obviously learn more about playing in the major leagues by playing every day in the Show than he will down in AAA.

Harper has had is struggles with a couple of 0-for-5 games and cutting up his forehead by slamming his bat off the concrete wall of the runway tunnel.  He’s still got quite a bit to learn, but the talent is enormous.

It’s been exciting for me, and I’m sure a lot of other fans, to look every day and see what Harper has done.  I hadn’t seen much video of his minor league performances, but now that he’s in the majors, there is something in the highlights every time he does something of note, which is often.

From what I’ve seen so far, the hype is not exaggerated.  He has a lightning-fast bat (that first double over Matt Kemp’s head on a high, 95 mph fastball convinced me), he’s got a great arm, he hustles every ball he puts in play and he’s aggressive.

As long as he can keep his numbers where they are now (.244 batting average and .782), he’ll be able to stay in the line-up every day and develop without hurting the Nationals’ playoff chances significantly.

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