That’s not a typo. This is about Bryan, Bryce’s older brother.
Bryan, 23, was drafted out of the University of South Carolina as a left handed pitcher by the Nationals in 2011. He was a teammate of his brother during Bryce’s only college season at the College of Southern Nevada. He also knows how to rock a great mustache.
Bryan Harper is now with the Nationals
low-A affiliate at Hagerstown, MD. The proximity to Bryce likely makes Bryan and the Harper family very happy. Bryan was in attendance at last nights 3-1 win against the Tigers and witnessed his brother’s 10th home run.
Bryan finished last season at the Nationals short season A affiliate in Auburn, NY. He appeared in 15 games striking out 21 batters in 17 innings, walking 11. After his promotion to Hagerstown this season he has struck out 7 in 6.3 innings, walking 4.
The scouting report on Bryan is a midrange fastball around 90 mph with a decent change up and a curveball tough on left handed hitters. His big problem as a professional and amateur is his control. This is not surprising given his height (6’5”). It normally takes taller pitchers more time to establish consistency with their delivery and release point. Scouts project his ceiling as a middle reliever. Bryan was drafted in the 30th round and he is not on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Nationals prospects.
How likely is it Bryan one day joins his brother in the major leagues? Very possible. Six foot five left handed relievers are always in demand. If he can throw strikes, and that’s a big if, the Nationals will give him every chance to move up the organizational ladder.
It also doesn’t hurt that his last name is Harper. You gotta figure the Nats will give Bryan one more chance than he really deserves. Bryce will eventually hit free agency. Wouldn’t it be nice to have “you can play with your brother” as a sales pitch?
Again, it’s worth mentioning this guy really knows how to rock facial hair.