Everything Bryce Harper has done the last few years has been under the microscope. So far, baseball's best prospect hasn't disappointed.
Playing center field today in his Triple-A debut, Harper lined a double to right field in his first at-bat, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a strikeout.
Remember, Harper is still 19 and skipped his junior and senior years of high school to enroll early at JC of Southern Nevada. Had he simply signed after his senior year of high school, this season would be his first year in pro ball. Instead, while 2011 first-round picks from the high school ranks like Orioles righthander Dylan Bundy, Diamondbacks righthander Archie Bradley and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor are starting the year in low Class A and Royals center fielder Bubba Starling stays back in extended spring training, Harper is already one step away from his big league debut, which should come at some point this season.
A catcher in high school, Harper played all three outfield positions last year last year in his pro debut but has moved to center field. Eventually he'll slow down and take his 80 arm to right field, but for now he does have above-average speed. He'll make some miscues there early on as he learns the position, but there's a very real chance he could be playing center field in Washington early in his career.