Thomas Boswell: Breaking down Bryce Harper’s at-bats


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Columnist Thomas Boswell breaks down Bryce Harper’s at-bats in Wednesday’s dramatic win over the Arizona Diamondbacks — in the comments section of his column from earlier this week. Here’s an excerpt:

Next AB was one that impressed me. Saunders adjusted and started with a sweeping curve, low away. But Harper had adjusted, too, and was looking for it. Since Harper hadn’t swung at a curve yet it’s >90% that Saunders intended to throw it for “strike one.” Why worry? A 19-year-old is going to be sitting on a first-pitch curveball from a vet LHer? No way.

But that’s just what Harper was doing.

Here are links to “Bryce Harper might not be ready for Major League Baseball, but don’t bet on it” and directly to the comments. You can follow Boswell on Twitter at @ThomasBoswellWP.

More on Bryce Harper:

Journal: Harper batting third on Thursday

Boswell: Harper might not be ready for MLB, but don’t bet on it

Bog: Harper catches a ball with his bare hand

Bog: Harper plays softball on the Mall

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