As General Manager Mike Rizzo has said since spring training, Bryce Harper will continue his first full professional season by playing in the Arizona Fall League, which begins Oct. 4. Harper is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. He hopes to return to play in the postseason for Class AA Harrisburg, but it should not be an issue by the time the Fall League begins.
Harper will be joined by 2011 first-round draft pick Anthony Rendon, 2010 second-round choice Sammy Solis, highly regarded Class AA Harrisburg catcher Derek Norris, reliever Rafael Martin, and Harrisburg right-hander pitcher Pat Lehman. Matt Purke, a 2011 draft choice who signed a major league contract, will likely play as well.
Solis and Norris also played in the Fall League last year. Martin is an interesting case. The Nationals signed him last spring out of the Mexican League, where he had ended up after showing up at a tryout. He had not played since high school, spending the interim years pouring concrete in Riverside, Calif. In 41 2/3 relief innings this year, Martin has struck out 50 batters.