Selected by the Boston Red Sox 36th overall in the 2010 Draft, Class A Greenville's Bryce Brentz is matching the highly touted outfielder every step of the way.
Brentz went 4-for-6 with four runs and an RBI to power the Drive past the Asheville Tourists, 16-12, on Thursday.
It was Brentz's second consecutive four-hit night and his fourth contest in a row with at least three hits. It also extended his Minor League-leading hitting streak to 24 games and his on-base streak to 33.
Brentz is batting .393, two points behind South Atlantic League leader Harper -- MLB.com's preseason No. 3 prospect -- who is mashing a blistering .521 (21-for-41) over his last 10 games.
While the Red Sox prospect leads all Sally League hitters with 31 RBIs -- one more than Harper -- and extra-base hits (21), Harper is slugging a league-high .702 with Brentz right on his heels at .679.
"I think it's pretty good to be a Bryce right now," Brentz said. "It's flattering to be compared with Harper and it's great to see we're both doing so well.
"Being a No. 1 overall pick is probably quite stressful, but I wish him the best. He can do great things."
With significantly less fanfare, Brentz is creating his own hype. In the four-game set against Asheville, the right fielder hit a scorching .636 (14-for-22) with 10 runs and nine RBIs.
The hot start is very different from 2010, when he hit .198 with 39 RBIs in 69 games with the short-season Lowell Spinners.
"Asheville didn't do anything wrong, I just happened to make some adjustments with how I hit with two strikes," he said.
"Sometimes you have to slow down, take a deep breath and let the pitch come to you. If you're in a pitcher's count, you have to battle and try to get it back to 2-2 or 3-2."
On Thursday, he did just that. He had a run-scoring single in the first inning, and he singled, stole second base and scored again in the second frame. After a pair of groundouts in his next two at-bats, Brentz singled back up the middle in the seventh and collected his fourth hit to lead off the ninth.
With 55 hits -- the most across all of pro ball -- Brentz already has three more hits than he collected in more than twice as many games a year ago.
"It's all going pretty well right now and I can't ask for more," Brentz added.
"Baseball is full of ups and downs, and you'll always get hot and cold streaks. [Hitting coach] Luis Lopez is loving what I'm doing right now and I'm loving it too."