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Should Bryce Harper be on the Opening Day Nationals Roster?

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Mar. 3, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) grounds out against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Mar. 3, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) grounds out against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

I promise I'm not going to turn this website into the Bryce Harper Show, but I do think this is worth discussing.

Harper is off to a 5-for-11 start in his first four spring training games for the Washington Nationals. A few days ago, I was discussing spring training with a baseball friend, who brought up the topic of Harper by asking, "unless he gets hurt, is there any way that Bryce Harper does NOT get 400 at-bats for the Nationals this year? Who is going to hold him back? Rick Ankiel?"

Good question.

So, what do you guys think? This is a two-part topic.

1) Will Harper get at least 400 at-bats for Washington?
2) If the decision were up to you, would you have Harper in the majors on Opening Day, or would you send him to the minors? We'll turn that part into a poll question. For purposes of the poll question we'll preclude the possibility of injury, and we'll assume that he remains effective in spring training.