MLB.com's Bill Ladson just reported that the Washington Nationals have assigned Bryce Harper to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, joining some of the Nats other top prospects in the prestigious developmental league.
Here's the entirety of Ladson's story:
The Nationals have decided that outfielder Bryce Harper will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, effective immediately, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. Harper will be on the Taxi squad, which means that he will play twice a week.
The news comes after Harper hit .319 for the Nationals in the Instructional League. He also led the team in RBIs and runs scored.
The club did not want Harper to be idle for the next two months, so they felt it was better for him to continue playing baseball under manager Randy Knorr.
Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman, hitting coach Rick Eckstein, special assistant Phil Rizzo, a special advisor to the general manager, will also be in Arizona to help develop Harper.
Harper was sent home from the instructional league over the weekend. It now turns out that simply was to give him a chance to celebrate his 18th birthday with his family (Oct. 16) before being moved on to the AFL.
Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's amateur draft, acclimated well in the Instructional League, and will now be facing some of the top talent in the minor leagues. It will be an excellent test of his natural ability, and give him a chance to shine on a very big stage in front of some of the top talent evaluators in the game.