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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/20/2010

Bryce Harper to start in Arizona Fall League title game

By Adam Kilgore

Bryce Harper will wrap up his first professional season today in Scottsdale, Ariz., by starting for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the championship game of the Arizona Fall League. Harper, the second-youngest player in the history of the AFL, will play right field and bat seventh. He enters the game with a .343 batting average and a 1.039 OPS in nine games.

Nationals second-round pick Sammy Solis will start for Scottsdale. After a difficult start to the fall, Solis has been dominant lately, allowing three hits and one run in his last eight innings. Solis is 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA. He'll face a Peoria Javelinas lineup that includes Mariners first base prospect Dustin Ackley, one of the top prospects in baseball.

MLB Network will air the game live today at 3 p.m. You can also watch online at MLB.com.

By Adam Kilgore  | November 20, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
 
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Comments

$100 says that MLB told them to start Harper. Too bad they couldn't have overruled Pants and gotten him a couple hundred at-bats too.

Posted by: Brue | November 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another conspiracy. They're all over the place. Bet another $100 that they told the Yankees to re-sign Jeter!

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 20, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

>Wow, another conspiracy.

Posted by: natbiscuits

The kid gets 40 at-bats and he's starting in the title game, which means the manager or MLB thought he should have been a full-time player in the AFL.

Even a blind pig can see that. Maybe you'll get there someday.

Posted by: Brue | November 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's always funny how someone's performance will lead people to change their assessment of him and, consequently, change their plans for him.

Definitely requires a conspiracy.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

>Yeah, it's always funny how someone's performance will lead people to change their assessment of him and, consequently, change their plans for him.

Definitely requires a conspiracy.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp

He's starting next year in Hagerstown with the cherubs and washouts, so Pants still must not be that impressed. I'm sure MLB is, though. Maybe they can make a few phone calls to Pants and remind him that there's zero reason to watch the team next year, and they might want give Harper a chance to make the big club out of spring training. After all, he's hitting .343 in the top league in the minors.

Keep coming back stevie, you'll catch on. Or not.

Posted by: Brue | November 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Keep going with the conspiracy angle, Brue.

Seriously, come out of the basement and into the light, bub. I'm not disagreeing with you that they seem to be babying him, but MLB is telling people whom to start in Fall ball? Yikes, what else do you believe in?

Occam's Razor: look it up.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but the conspiracy goes much, much deeper--the A and AA leagues are kicking back a piece of the gate to the Cheap Ones in exchange for starting BH on the farm.

I'll keep coming back if I think up a better one...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I also love how the conspiracy theorists will make some long-winded point that wasn't in their initial (conspiracy-based) comment and then accuse the sane of disagreeing with them.

Like I can read your twisted mind, Brue, sealed as it is, down in the bunker.

I don't know what Rizzo is thinking and don't choose to argue that point. Just doesn't require an MLB conspiracy to have Harper starting this afternoon.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Griffey, ARod & Pujols must not have been too impressive either since they started their careers in A ball. And I guess Jeter really looked awful as he started off in rookie ball.


Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The truth is out there...

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper: Base hit, RBI in first at bat. Scorpions lead 2-1, top of 3rd.

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | November 20, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Norris scores a run. Harper gets an RBI single. Solis pitching well. Nats prospects looking good in the first couple innings.

Posted by: js_edit | November 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Sammy Solis has been the victim of 2 pretty bad errors.

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | November 20, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

And Lonbardozzi with the go-ahead RBI.

Posted by: js_edit | November 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Both by Charlie "clank" Culberson (2b-SF). I see where Lombordozzi & Norris are now in the game = Lombo w/an RBI 2B - Go Nats!

Posted by: BinM | November 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Nats hitters score or drive in all 3 Scottsdale runs, and Nats pitchers pick up the Win and the Save. Not bad at all.

Posted by: js_edit | November 20, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Cole Kimball with the three out save (no base runners allowed) in the 9th. Scottsdale wins 3-2 over the Javelinas.

Posted by: bertbkatz | November 20, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Nats fans have to be encouraged by what we saw in the AFL championship game. Harper, Solis, Norris and Kimball all looked good. I can't see how the Nats will keep Harper for long at Hagerstown. He's probably AA ready now.

Posted by: nats24 | November 21, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to have an update on this game.What a story;a Washington team building the right way.

Posted by: seanmg | November 21, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Who cares how many at bats he got in the AFL, or which minor league he starts in? If he has a successful 20 year career in the majors nobody will remember, and if he is unsuccessful also no on will remember. This is like fall training.

Though they do have great logos on the hats. I was thinking about getting a scorpions hat, but all the hats in the league are cool.

Posted by: markfromark | November 21, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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