Two of the most recognized minor-league names of recent years stepped into major-league roles on Saturday.

The Washington Nationals called up outfielder Bryce Harper and the Los Angeles Angels brought up outfielder Mike Trout.

These are names you should be reading about for a decade.

Harper already is a national name, having been the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft at an age when most teenagers are just finishing 11th grade.

Trout has been known to fans in this region since his days at Millville, following in the footsteps of his father, Jeff, a star for the 'Bolts in the 1970s.

Harper is the youngest player in the bigs, at just 19 years and 195 days.

The Las Vegas native earned a GED that allowed him to graduate high school two years early, then played one season at a local junior college, making him eligible for the draft after what should have been 11th grade. Now he's the most-watched hitting prospect of his generation.

Alex Rodriguez debuted in 1994, 19 days before his 19th birthday. Ken Griffey Jr. played 127 games as a 19-year-old in 1989.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who lobbied for Harper to make the team out of spring training, has the right idea about how to handle the 19-year-old.

"I'm going to put him in left field and let him play," Johnson said.

Trout was called up when the Angels cut Bobby Abreu, and he went 0 for 4 in a win at Cleveland.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he is eager to see if the speedy Trout can give the Angels a spark.

"This is a young, exciting player," Scioscia said. "He's going to play."

Huff says thanks

Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff thanked the fans, media, and team for an "outpouring of support" during what he called a "very difficult week." He said he is especially grateful for the calls and texts from his teammates.

Huff was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with anxiety disorder. He was batting .182 with a homer and four RBIs.

Young restricted

Detroit placed Delmon Young on the restricted list Saturday and said he would be evaluated under baseball's employee assistance program.

The outfielder was arrested on a hate crime harassment charge for an encounter at his New York hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he expected Young to return to the lineup if he is cleared by the evaluation. That could happen as soon as Monday, he said.

Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.
This article contains information from the Associated Press.