Bryce Harper will start tonight against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, a game you can watch on MLB Network if you live in the Washington-Baltimore market. Harper put on a display during batting practice tonight at horrendously named Digital Domain Park, crushing line drives off the fence and drilling one ball to center about 20 feet high on the batter’s eye beyond a 410-foot mark on the fence. It’ll be more jaw-dropping if he can do it in the game against Dillon Gee.
Harper will be making his second start in three Grapefruit League games. He also started against Georgetown and came in as reserve against the Astros yesterday. After tonight, he’ll have played more than any Nationals player. And it doesn’t sound like Davey Johnson has any plans to scale back Harper’s playing schedule.
“[Shoot], he’s 19,” Johnson said. “I asked him the other day, I said, ‘Are you tired?’ He said, ‘You see the girl with the red lips over there?’ He’s not tired. He’s just got a lot of energy. When I was 19, I didn’t get tired.”
Harper is also listed as a backup for tomorrow’s game against in Lake Buena Vista against the Braves.