Harper promotion watch now under way
He is, for now, the most famous player in Triple-A. The Sultan of Syracuse, chief of the Chiefs.But as Opening Day approaches, we can say, with some certainty, that 2012 figures to be the year we get our first look at Bryce Harper at the Major League level. And be sure to include this on an already abundant list of reasons to be excited for the year ahead. Harper -- No. 1 on the Nationals' Top 20 Prospects list, and No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list -- is a polarizing and yet altogether magnetic force, an inspirer of awe or guffaw. You don't have to be a scout to appreciate his obvious talent (the sound of the ball thwacking his bat in batting practice is a source of acoustic trauma), but his bombastic personality forces you to love him or loathe him, with little in between. So Harper, prior to his inevitable demotion, served as the center of attention this spring, even in a Nationals camp in which Stephen Strasburg has been taking the ball every fifth day and Ryan Zimmerman has signed a $100 million deal.
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