Found March 15, 2012 on Unathletic:

Slugging wunderkind Bryce Harper, 19, admitted today he doubts he can make the Nationals after missing a few key games with a calf issue. “Probably not,” he said in answer to a question about whether he still has a chance to be picked to go north with the team. Then, he added, “It’s all good though.”

Harper has said from the moment he got to spring camp that his goal was to make the team. But he probably needed things to go perfectly to realistically make it, and he is smart enough to understand that. Nationals teammates say they are impressed by his speed as well as his power, but a couple remarked that they haven’t seen him enough to make a judgment. Lost time was something Harper could ill afford if he was to realize his goal of making the Nats.

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One Nationals person said he thought Harper would hit .220 in the majors and that “he’d probably run into twenty homers.” If that’s true, it shouldn’t be a tough call. That’s no way to start his major-league career.

Harper should start the year in the minors, maybe Double-A, then move up quickly if he’s as good as folks think. The Nats are clearly preparing for him to make the majors at some point this year while he’s 19 (he doesn’t turn 20 until October). But it shouldn’t be now. This is too soon.

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