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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Nationals prospect Bryce Harper was unqualifed hit in his first pro stop, Single-A Hagerstown. Now he's at Double-A Harrisburg and remains in demand with the fans because of his booming bat and cannon-like arm. And he won't turn 19 until October.

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DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, the first overall pick in last year's draft, obliges autograph seekers at the Class A Hagerstown Suns' home opener Friday. Harper's season is off to a 9-for-39 start with 12 strikeouts in 12 games.

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Bryce Harper stops to sign a few autographs for fans after the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper tries to beat out a ground ball during his first home at-bat during the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper is at the plate during the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper warms up in the on-deck circle before his first home at-bat during the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper waits in the on-deck circle during the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper is seen in right field during the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper takes the field for the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper waits in the dugout before taking the field for the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper (center) jokes with teammates during warm-ups before the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper jokes around with teammates during warm-ups before the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md. on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper emerges from the clubhouse for warm-ups before the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper readies his bat with pine tar before the Hagerstown Suns' home opener against the Lakewood Blueclaws at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Hagerstown (Md.) Suns' Bryce Harper leads off first in the Suns' Class A game against the Rome (Ga.) Braves.

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Bryce Harper (center), the Nationals' top rookie prospect, takes the field for an open practice during NatsFest in Washington on Wednesday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Bryce Harper is still adjusting to playing the outfield after spending much of his amateur career as a catcher. Harper is slated to open the 2011 season with Single-A Hagerstown. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) grounds out in the seventh inning of the Nationals 10-8 victory over the New York Yankees in their spring training baseball game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 5, 2011. Harper was one for two in the game. He had an eighth inning single. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) grounds out in the seventh inning of the Nationals 10-8 victory over the New York Yankees in their spring training baseball game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 5, 2011. Harper was one for two in the game. He had an eighth inning single. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) slides into second base as he tries to break up a double play as New York Mets second baseman Brad Emaus (68) makes the throw to first during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011, in Viera, Fla. Harper was out at second and Ryan Zimmerman was out at first on the double play. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)