Time for another update on Nationals currently playing fall or winter ball across the western hemisphere. MLB.com has a nice function that allows you to check the stats for every player from one organization on one page. You might want to bookmark this page, which has updates on 28 players from all levels of the Nats' organization.
Let's start, of course, with Bryce Harper, who continues to make the most of his limited opportunities in the Arizona Fall League. The 18-year-old outfielder has played in eight games for the Scottsdale Scorpions and is hitting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, two triples, a homer, six RBI, four walks and 10 strikeouts. That equates to a .400 on-base percentage a .613 slugging percentage and a robust 1.013 OPS.
It's tough to make any real significant judgments off the stats from eight games, but clearly Harper has shown he can handle the level of competition. He's been a little overanxious at the plate, leading to that hefty strikeout rate. But he's flashed his immense power and by all accounts has looked solid in right field, especially in the throwing department.
Harper probably has only two more games to play in Arizona. This is the final week of the AFL season, so he'll play Wednesday. And barring an epic collapse, Scottsdale will be playing in the AFL championship on Saturday (2:30 p.m. EST on MLB Network). I'm not sure if taxi squad players are eligible for that game, but I highly suspect they'll find a way to let Harper play. (UPDATE: An AFL official confirms Harper and all other taxi squad players are eligible for the championship game.)
Aside from Harper, what stands out to me most from that Nationals winter ball stats page is the impressive performances of several of the organization's catchers.
Derek Norris continues to hit in the AFL. In 14 games, he's batting .277 with five doubles, a triple, four homers, 19 RBI, 11 walks, 17 strikeouts a .417 on-base percentage, a .681 slugging percentage and a 1.098 OPS. He's tied for the league lead in homers, tied for fourth in RBI and ranks third in both slugging and OPS.
Meanwhile, Wilson Ramos is putting up nice numbers in Venezuela: a .304 average with four doubles, a homer, seven RBI, six walks and seven strikeouts in 14 games.
And Jesus Flores, also playing in Venezuela, is 4-for-15 with a double and two RBI. The key here, of course, is that Flores is playing at all after missing nearly two seasons with a shoulder injury.
If you're interested to see how other players from the Nats' organization are faring this fall/winter, check out the aforementioned MLB.com page.