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Published On: July 1st, 2014

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Kalamazoo, Mich. — Bryce Harman, a hulking first baseman with a short, powerful swing from the left side, is one of the newer members of the Growlers. But ever since the East Carolina product left the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League and headed to Kalamazoo, he's done nothing but hit. As of July 2, Harman has racked up 12 hits in 32 at-bats with two doubles and a triple. 

On being teammates (again) with ECU Pirate Luke Bolka…

He was actually supposed to come with me to the Cape Cod League. He was supposed to be on my team. But (in a) last-minute change, he came here and then I went there, and I wanted to play a little bit more. I was playing only every other day, so I wanted to get more at-bats. I called my coach from school, and he got me this opportunity, so I was more than happy to come here and contribute in any way I could. I've known him (Luke) since probably when I was ten years old. He used to play with me when we were younger on our travel team. He was one of my roommates for school this year, so I've known him for a long time, and he's one of my best friends. We had a suite (at college)…and we're all staying together, so we're all moving to an apartment together. So yeah, it should be nice.

On being college teammates with pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was picked ninth overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB Draft…

He's a good guy. He knows what he's doing. Even though he tore his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, an injury that forced him to have Tommy John surgery) he deserves to be that high of a pick. He's got great stuff, he's got a good body, he's got a really good pitcher's menatlity…He knows what he needs to do to hitters, attack hitters, fastball, changeup, curveball. He was actually my mentor at school this year. He helped me out a lot at the beginning of the year, when I was just trying to get adjusted to everything. He's one of my really good friends, and I still talk to him now. 

On the differences between the Cape Cod League and the Northwoods League, the nation's two best summer collegiate leagues…

I'd say in the Cape, the (pitchers') stuff is more crisp. There's a lot more guys with a lot more velo (velocity). Here, there's still a bunch of pitching talent, but just up there, every guy that stepped on the mound, he was a flat-out stuf. I feel like there's not as much pressure performing out here, just because there's not as many scouts. You never want to worry about that, you just want to go up there and try to have a good at-bat.