The first pick of the 2010 amateur draft is set to get his professional career under way.
Bryce Harper, who inked a five-year, $9.9 million contract August 17, has been working out on his own but is now headed to Viera, Fla., CSNWashington.com reports . He will work out with the instructional league squad Friday. The instructional league tends to be comprised of organizational prospects who, for one reason or another, need to get additional at-bats or innings pitched.
Provided how Harper fares in this league, he could then participate in the Arizona Fall League, a league designed for top prospects in order to showcase their talents and get them playing against elite competition.
The 18-year-old will likely open 2011 playing for one of Washington's Class A clubs, probably mid-Class A with a promotion to high-Class A or even Double-A based on production. Nationals officials expect a big-league arrival in either 2012 or 2013.
-- Evan Brunell
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