When we last left Bryce Harper, he was ticking along quite nicely in the Arizona Fall League, with a .368 batting average, a .429 on-base percentage and a 1.060 OPS.
Since then, Harper's played two more games on the taxi squad for the Scottsdale Scorpions, and has gone a combined 3-for-9 with 2 triples, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and a walk in those two games.
In case you don't have your abacus handy, that means that Harper's new numbers in the AFL look like this: a .357 batting average (10-for-28), a .419 on-base percentage (he's reached base 13 times in 31 plate appearances), a .679 slugging percentage (goosed by those two triples), and a 1.098 OPS.
Man, that regression to the mean really is a pain, isn't it? Not when you can get extra-base hits, it's not.
And other people are starting to take notice. Here's a small Twitter sampling:
-Danny Knobler of CBS Sports: On Harper, scouts raving about bat, and about defense in outfield. One predicted he'll be in big leagues by age 19 or 20 (just turned 18)
-Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated: scout watching arizona fall league: "bryce harper is a beast.''
Still a long way to go, obviously, and there's a lot of minor league ball for him to navigate, but the light is very green on Bryce Harper's career so far.