Mar 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
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Bryce Harper will open the season at Class AAA Syracuse.
Few would dispute, after watching him in big-league camp for one month, that Bryce Harper wasn't ready to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
Yes, the 19-year-old outfielder had his moments against the big boys, especially during the first week of Grapefruit League play. But it was pretty clear all along his game wasn't polished enough to warrant a seat on the team's charter flight to Chicago in two weeks.
Truth be told, most of Harper's greatest moments of the spring came during batting practice as he wowed onlookers with titanic blasts over every corner of the outfield wall.
Once he faced actual pitchers in actual game situations? Well, he had a few nice moments. He beat out that routine grounder to third for a single against the Mets on March 5. And he crushed a double off theRead more »
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