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Bryce Harper Harrisburg Photos

I saw Bryce Harper play the late innings in a day game against Bowie at Harrisburg June 20th and a full 9 innings at Bowie June 27th. After he was subjected to some serious bush league heckling from some of the Bowie fans, I got a photo of his payback on the next pitch, a long blast over the right center field fence for his first AA homerun.

You can take a look at the 77-best photos I I took at this link.

Good Baseball Is Still Happening At Harrisburg

By Rodger M. Wood

Stephen Strasberg may have left town but lots of good baseball fun is still happening at Harrisburg the remainder of 2010 season.

Almost major league standards after major renovations this past winter, Commerce Bank Park is hardly recognizable. Fans can enjoy the game sitting in the left field bleachers, picnicking along the left field line, or in luxury boxes behind home plate with buffet food for the price of the seat.

Families can picnic along the Susquehanna River, ride the train around the island, hit in batting cages, take a boat excursion, ride the merry go round, and still make it in time to see a ball game and do more new fun things inside the ball park.

While Stephen Strasberg and Drew Storen have advanced to Triple A – Syracuse,
BA #14 Nationals minor league prospect, 6-6 RHP Brad Meyers has returned to the Senators mound to pitch good ball in early outings and may just make lots of fans remember his name down the road too before the season is over.

BA #6 Chris Marrero is playing at 1B, BA #5 Danny Espinosa at SS, BA #12 LHP Aaron Thompson, and BA #27 RHP Jeff Mandel are in the pitching rotation. Put savvy veterans, catcher Sean Rooney, 1B/OF Bill Rheinhard, 3B Offilio Castro, hard hitting OF Leonard Davis, OF Marvin Lowrance, and 2B Michael Martinez in the lineup with them and you have a good ball team.

Harrisburg’s coaching staff, manager Randy Knorr, pitching coach, Randy Tomlin, batting coach, Troy Gingrich, and strength coach Tony Rogowski are one of the best in minor league baseball.

The 2010 Harrisburg Senators photo folder was taken at Harrisburg’s games against New Britain, April 16 and April 18th, Reading April 21st, and Altoona May 4th.

Strasberg Pitches Strong 5 Innings Against Reading

By Rodger M. Wood

In his third start at Double A – Harrisburg Senators, Washington Nationals 2009 #1 $18 million draft pick, RHP Stephen Strasberg dominated a tough Reading Phillies lineup with a 98 mph fastball, knee buckling curve, and drop-off-the-table change up. He allowed only one hit, one walk and struck out 6 in five innings pitched.

For the season, he is 2-0 W-L, with a 0.73 ERA and 17 strikeouts against only 3 walks in 12 ½ innings.

The youngster has major league stuff of which he has full command. He has three pitches which he is not afraid to throw for strikes on any count on the batter. He throws effortlessly, without apparent strain on his arm. He is very coachable and a slave to detail.

He fills the stands wherever he pitches and is a crowd pleaser. I saw him come out after his start against Reading to sign autographs for his many fans lined up in the right field grandstands.

A couple more starts at Harrisburg and he’ll be on his way to Triple A Syracuse, where he will finish off June and be tested by older more savvy hitters He’ll pass this test, his stuff is legitimate – the best I have seen in my 27-years of minor league photography.

I’ve seen Ben McDonald, Andy Petitte, Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown and a few others who could wing it pretty well but Stephen Strasberg, if he stays healthy, will be better than all of them. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that he will be one of the best
pitchers of all time before his hour glass runs out.