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Bryce Harper goes 3-for-8 in first week at Arizona Fall League

AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Washington Nationals prospect, Bryce Harper #34 playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions reacts after a pop fly out in his first at bat during the AZ Fall League game against the Mesa Solar Sox at Scottsdale Stadium on October 20, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper is only allowed to play twice a week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick still managed to make a big first impression in his debut.

Harper went 3-for-8 in his first two games, including a bases-loaded ground-rule double that Bill Mitchell of Baseball America reports “would have left the yard in most ballparks.”

According to Mitchell attendance at Harper’s two games were about double the usual AFL crowds and he put on his usual power display in batting practice. Harper turned 18 years old last week, which makes him the second-youngest player in AFL history behind Mets prospect Fernando Martinez in 2006.