No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hits first pro homer at Single-A

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I wrote yesterday about consensus No. 2 prospect Mike Trout’s hot start at Double-A as a 19-year-old, so it’s only fitting to note that consensus No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper hit his first pro home run last night at Single-A as an 18-year-old.

Harper smacked a two-run homer off 19-year-old Astros left-hander Ruben Alaniz. And he went opposite field with it.

Even with the homer Harper is off to a slow start, going 6-for-28 (.214) through seven games.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.