BlueClaws pitcher Josh Zeid got to face Bryce Harper, the #1 overall pick in the 2010 draft (by the Nationals), who made his pro debut yesterday in the Arizona Fall League.
Star of the Day: Zeid gave up one run in three innings for the second straight start (two hits, no walks, two strikeouts). So far so good for Zeid, who is making the rare jump from Lo-A straight into the Fall League, which routinely features top prospects from Double and Triple-A.
Also: Justin De Fratus made his Fall League debut, throwing a shutout inning. He had been pitching with Team USA who was knocked out in the semi-finals of the Pan-Am Qualifier by the Dominican Republic…Also, Tim Kennelly went 1-4 for Mesa…Box score.
Here is more on Harper, who popped out to short in his only at bat against Zeid.
Harper’s first at-bat had the fans at the park smiling. The phenom hit a sky-high fly on the first pitch he saw from Mesa Solar Sox starter Josh Zeid in the second inning and as if on cue, it began to rain as soon as shortstop Andrew Romine caught the ball for the out.
The sky cleared up by the time Harper resumed his position in right field for the top of the third inning. He later cleanly fielded a single off the bat of Mets prospect Josh Satin as if the grass were as dry as cardboard.
Those in attendance chuckled at the fantasy of Harper’s fly making it rain.