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Johnson sees improvement in Harper's defense

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper has eight outfield assists, and his 2.32 range factor ranks fifth in the National League. Amazing, considering he started playing the outfield in 2010. He was drafted in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft as a catcher.

Manager Davey Johnson believes Harper is getting better as an outfielder, but there is still some work to be done. Harper still has to get better at throwing to the cutoff man. He has a tendency to try and throw a strike to the base.

"His improvement has come along better," Johnson said. "He is getting closer to hitting the cutoff man. He ain't hitting them yet, but he is getting closer. But all the other aspects have improved since he has been out there. ... I think he is getting more comfortable."

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WAS View Full Game Coverage HINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper has eight outfield assists, and his 2.32 range factor ranks fifth in the National League. Amazing, considering he started playing the outfield in 2010. He was drafted in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft as a catcher.

Manager Davey Johnson believes Harper is getting better as an outfielder, but there is still some work to be done. Harper still has to get better at throwing to the cutoff man. He has a tendency to try and throw a strike to the base.

"His improvement has come along better," Johnson said. "He is getting closer to hitting the cutoff man. He ain't hitting them yet, but he is getting closer. But all the other aspects have improved since he has been out there. ... I think he is getting more comfortable."

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