Bryce Harper, 17, from Las Vegas touched every base on his first on-field day as a professional baseball player Friday at Viera, Fla. Joining about 40 other prospects with the Washington Nationals’ entry in the Florida Instructional League, the No. 1 overall draft pick went through three hours of drills in preparation for league play, which begins Thursday. Clockwise from top left, Harper signs autographs for a long line of fans after practice; listens to instruction from infield coordinator Jeff Garber; makes practice throws alongside fellow outfield prospect Destin Hood; playfully balances his helmet on his finger while waiting his turn in a baserunning drill; and faces live pitching during batting practice.
By Darlene Superville The Associated Press
By Brian Hurlburt Special to the / RJ