The Nationals will make their next round of cuts official later today, and when they do Bryce Harper will remain in major-league camp, according to a team source.
Harper's staying with the Nationals does not indicate an improvement to his chances to make the major league team out of spring training, which remain null. But the Nationals' comfort with him staying in major league camp reiterates what a remarkable transition Harper has made for a player his age.
Harper, 18, is 6 for 16 (.375) with three doubles and two walks while appearing in every Nationals game as a substitute. Yesterday, Harper played in both Nationals' games, both at home in Viera in the afternoon and away in Kissimmee at night. He went 1 for 2, upping his recent streak to five hits in seven at-bats. In the night game, Harper made a throwing error in the ninth inning that allowed the game-winning to score, his first defensive blemish of the spring. Harper is still transitioning to outfield after playing catcher for most of his youth.
The Nationals have yet to inform the players who will be cut, so their names will not be made public until later today.