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Harper, Peacock in Futures Game

Jun 23, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

Bryce Harper and Brad Peacock have been selected to represent the Nationals in the All-Star Futures Game, a showcase of the sport's top prospects.

This is merely the latest accolade for Harper, 18, who has already played in the Arizona Fall League and the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The right fielder will be stacked up against some of the minor leagues' other premier talents, all of them with a considerable age and experience advantage.

Harper enters the second half of the season at low-Class A Hagerstown hitting .330 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and a 1.014 OPS that ranks third in the Sally League.

He's not, however, the youngest player ever selected for the Futures Game. Eight other 18-year-olds have participated in previous games (including Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez) and three 17-year-olds have played (Jose Tabata, Angel Villalona and WilmerRead more »

  1. Cwj - Jun 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Congrats to both of them.Harper is obviously no surprise, but I know very little about Peacock.Is Peacock a power pitcher? A control pitcher?A nibbler?Hope someone who has seen him pitch can enlighten me. His numbers are very intriguing…

  2. Tcostant - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    I haven't seen him pitch, but I heard Phil Wood taking to some souct on the radio less than a month ago. He said he doesn't thro hard (I think low 90's) and projects as a 3rd or 4th starter.He has really put it together this year, by far his best in the minors.

  3. Anonymous - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    He throws 97 with a 4 seamer and low 90s 2 seamer. 12 SO per 9 innnings.

  4. Andrew - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    I wasn't going to go to the All Star game this year but maybe I will now.

  5. Tcostant - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    I like Ano at 3:07pm view a lot better, clearly this scout was not impressed.

  6. Tcostant - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    I pulled this from the Washington Post ("Peacock has above-average velocity – he sits between 88 and 92 with his two-seam fastball and can touch 97 with his four-seamer. With the deception in his new delivery, his fastball is “playing up” even more, Harris said."Me – While is does say he can "touch 97", it also notes "his velocity…sits between 88 and 92"; this is basicly what I said when I mentioned the low 90's fastball.I'm just saying, sounds like he is hitting low 90's, al ot more than the 97 Anon referred to.

  7. Cwj - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Cool thanks for the info guys!I'm guessing he's definitely worth keeping a close eye on then.Man, I'm still stunned by the Riggs resignation…

  8. Pete - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    What the hell? Did they build Nats Park on a pet cemetery or something?

  9. Harper_ROY_2012 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Congrats, they both deserve it. On the other hand Rizzo deserves to be shown the door now that he forced Riggleman out. STUPID MAN!



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