Bryce Harper
American baseball player
Bryce Harper
Bryce Aron Max Harper is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Harper was selected by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He stands at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 225 lbs. Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player. Going into the 2012 season, baseball prospect-watchers, including Baseball America, MLB.
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Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton Get Big-Money Deals
ABC News - about 1 month
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration
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Bryce Harper, Nats at odds over $400M contract demands - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 3 months
Yahoo Sports Bryce Harper, Nats at odds over $400M contract demands Yahoo Sports Start putting away extra money in your piggy banks now, MLB teams, because Bryce Harper is going to be a free-agent after 2018 … probably. Harper is reportedly seeking a record-breaking 10-year, $400 million deal, and that might be outside what the ... 'God Bless America': Bryce Harper's $400M Price Tag Could Be an MLB Game-ChangerBleacher Report The Nationals have two years to win a World Series with Bryce Harper. And then . . .Washington Post Bryce Harper wants $400 million? What it means for Sports Illustrated -USA TODAY all 48 news articles »
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Beyond the Ivy: The story of every club NOT called the Cubs
ABC News - 5 months
We interrupt our ongoing 183-part series, "The Year of the Cubs," for this important reminder: ESPN investigators have uncovered the shocking news that 29 other teams did in fact play a regular season this year. And we just want to assure all of you out there that we did notice. Seriously. So now here's the proof: It's time to look back on the defining themes, numbers and memories of every team in baseball -- except, well, that team. So maybe Bill Murray, Eddie Vedder and John Cusack won't regard this lovely retrospective as their favorite baseball story of the year. But for the rest of non-Cubbie Land civilization, hey, this is for you. You're welcome! NL EAST Washington Nationals 2016 plotline: The year Bryce Harper didn't exactly zoom by Mike Trout (but the Nats zoomed by the Mets anyway) Back in April, we were pretty. ...
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Jose Fernandez reminded us of all that is good about baseball
ABC News - 5 months
The season began back in early March, with a cover story in ESPN The Magazine in which Bryce Harper, the 23-year-old reigning MVP of the Washington Nationals, declared that baseball is "a tired sport." It will end with the crowning of a World Series champion. In between, the season has played out in the background of a presidential race in which immigration became one of the pivotal issues. Jose Fernandez was an immigrant. He tried and failed three times to defect from Cuba before he and his mother finally made it on a fourth try. Last year, he became a U.S. citizen. And on the baseball field, he was anything but tired. Harper's argument was the game's unwritten code limits self-expression. "You can't do what people in other sports do," he said. "I'm not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it's the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair." He singled out Fernandez.. ...
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Around the Horn: What's wrong with Bryce Harper?
LATimes - 5 months
Washington’s Bryce Harper is hitting .216 with only five homers since the All-Star break, but despite a published report, his poor hitting apparently has nothing to do with a shoulder injury. “I don’t know where they got that from,” Manager Dusty Baker said. “Bryce said it didn’t come from him....
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(VIDEO) OMD's de Nardis On DMEXCO: Less Data And Technology, More Consumer Insights
Huffington Post - 5 months
As he looks ahead to his panel discussion at DMEXCO 2016 in Cologne, OMD Worldwide's Mainardo de Nardis is interested less in advertising/media technology than he is in powerful consumer insights. The CEO of Omnicom's global media communications agency will take to the stage with IBM's Robert Schwartz and Rishad Tobaccowala from Publicis Groupe to discuss how to build the most rewarding customer experiences. "I would really like to focus much more on the insights that we have in customers and less on the technology side," de Nardis says in an interview with Beet.TV. "It's not all about technology and data." He recalls the origins of DMEXCO, how it's changed and what it offers brand marketers and their agencies. "I remember it when it was a German tech fair, as I described it. Then it became European. Now it has become global," de Nardis says. "I always find it very motivating, very enriching." At this year's event, his plans include "meeting interesting people, listening to ...
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Harper, Nats Win 4th in Row, Steal It From Syndergaard, Mets
NYTimes - 6 months
Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals stole this one from Noah Syndergaard.
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Watch Katie Ledecky throw out first pitch as Nationals' Bryce Harper holds her Olympic medals
LATimes - 6 months
Katie Ledecky earned five Olympic medals in Rio last month. And those things weigh a ton - definitely not something she'd want hanging from her neck while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals' game against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. Good thing Bryce...
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Drew Pomeranz's Journey To The Red Sox Was Well Worth The Wait
Huffington Post - 7 months
Drew Pomeranz did the unthinkable in 2016. Despite being traded for the third time in six years and despite battling an onslaught of shoulder problems, the 27-year-old pitcher earned the first All-Star appearance of his career. Better yet, the Midsummer Classic took place in San Diego, where he’d been starring for the lowly Padres, accumulating the third-best ERA in baseball (2.47) while ranking first in opponents’ batting average (.184) for all National League pitchers. Yet less than 48 hours after the All-Star Game ― in which Pomeranz pitched a scoreless inning in relief ― he found out he’d been traded to the Boston Red Sox. He wasn’t necessarily surprised, however. Although the recently engaged pitcher did have to bow out of wedding-planning mode, getting set to play for his fourth team in six years almost felt like a relief. “I’ve been hearing stuff for a while about different teams that were on me,” the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Pomeranz told The Huffington Post. “My agent calle ...
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Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run literally 1 second after a fan called him 'overrated'
Yahoo News - 8 months
Fan calls Giancarlo Stanton overrated... Stanton promptly homers. Much like that one time Bryce Harper made a Giants fan miserable, Giancarlo Stanton made a Mets fan eat his own words. A fan took it upon himself to chant "overrated" while Stanton was at bat.
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Bryce Harper meets with a hero: Vin Scully
LATimes - 8 months
For the kid digging into the Dodger Stadium batter’s box, it was the first game of his career. For the broadcaster in the booth, somewhere upward of the 9,000th. At home, the kid said, he still has a recording of that call. “That's a great name for a novelist, or a character,” Vin Scully crooned....
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Cubs are pitching to Bryce Harper, making the game fun again
Chicago Times - 8 months
If we're going to make baseball fun again, as Bryce Harper would like, what better way than this week at Nationals Park? Start it this way Monday night: Max Scherzer striking out nine of the first 10 Chicago Cubs he faced, retiring his first 16 hitters, then Shawn Kelley -- Shawn Kelley??? -- finishing...
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Nationals OF Bryce Harper Appeals 1-Game Suspension From MLB
ABC News - 9 months
Bryce Harper has been suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection this week
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After Harper Gets Ejected, Robinson Lifts Nats Past Tigers
NYTimes - 10 months
One moment, Bryce Harper was getting ejected from the dugout. The next, teammate Clint Robinson was hitting a game-ending homer.
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Bryce Harper will only improve as he hones his plate discipline
Fox News - 10 months
Bryce Harper will only improve as he hones his plate discipline
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Bryce Harper signs record contact with Under Armour
CNN - 10 months
Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper is still more than two seasons away from what is likely to be a record-breaking baseball contract. But he has already signed the richest endorsement deal ever given to a baseball player, according to his agent Scott Boras.
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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup
Yahoo News - 10 months
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is likely the wealthiest deal a baseball player has signed with an apparel company. Under Armour announced the deal Tuesday. - - Injured Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent shoulder surgery.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bryce Harper
  • 2016
    Bryce Harper was one of four nominees up for the 2016 ESPY Award, male athlete of the year, won by Lebron James. In May 2014, Harper proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner. Their wedding set for January 2015 did not take place. In July 2016, Varner announced the couple's reconciliation, stating they were engaged to be married again.
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    After the 2016 season, the Nationals have Harper eligible for arbitration until 2018.
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    On May 9, 2016, Harper was ejected for yelling at Brian Knight from the dugout when Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes.
    More Details Hide Details Harper returned to the field to celebrate the win with his teammates and was caught shouting profanity towards Knight. Two days later, Harper was given a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine, but Harper appealed the same day. On May 14, Harper dropped his appeal, and began serving the one-game suspension.
    On May 8, 2016, Harper was walked six times in a game against the Chicago Cubs, tying the MLB record for most walks in a game.
    More Details Hide Details Harper also reached base seven times (besides the six walks he was also hit by a pitch), becoming the first player in over 100 years to reach base seven times without recording an at bat. In total, Harper was walked 13 times in the four-game series, setting a new MLB record for most walks in a series.
    On April 14, 2016, Harper hit his first career grand slam for his 100th career home run in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, he hit a home run for a fourth straight game, setting a new career streak for most consecutive games with a home run. He was named National League Player of the Week on April 18, after driving in 12 runs, tying a club record for home runs in consecutive games and becoming the eighth-youngest player in major league history to reach 100 home runs.
  • 2015
    On November 19, Harper was selected as the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player by unanimous decision.
    More Details Hide Details With his MVP win, Harper became the youngest player to unanimously win the MVP at age 23. Harper also became the first player in Nationals/Expos history to win an MVP award, and the first player that played for a Washington team to win one. ESPN chose him as their 2015 MLB Person of the Year.
    On October 31, Harper was named the National League winner of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.
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    Measured by adjusted OPS (OPS+) Harper's 2015 was a top 5 hitting season (since 1900) for all players under the age of 23, and the best season of any hitter since Barry Bonds a decade earlier.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the majors in WAR and tied for the NL home run title with 42. Baseball America named Bryce the 2015 player of the year.
    On April 18, 2015, Harper hit the longest home run of his professional career with a 461-foot home run to center field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details On May 6, Harper hit three home runs in a single game for the first time in his career against Tom Koehler with one of the shots going 442 feet to the second deck in a 7–5 victory over the Miami Marlins, becoming the youngest player to accomplish this feat since Joe Lahoud in 1969. Harper was later awarded the Player of the Month Award for the month of May for the first time in his career.
  • 2014
    After the 2014 season, Harper would travel to Japan to participate in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series, but later withdrew.
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    In 100 games of 2014, Harper batted .273 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI.
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    Harper returned to the Majors on June 30, 2014.
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    During a rehab game with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators on June 28, 2014, Harper hit 3 home runs in a single game.
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    On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Harper would require surgery to repair the ligament tear in the thumb.
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    During a game against the San Diego Padres on April 25, 2014, Harper suffered a left thumb injury when sliding to 3rd base on a 3-run triple.
    More Details Hide Details He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day on April 26. An MRI revealed that the thumb had a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
  • 2013
    During the 2013 off-season, Harper successfully underwent left knee surgery to remove a bursa sac.
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    After hitting 13 home runs in just 58 games, Harper was selected to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby.
    More Details Hide Details Harper hit a total of 16 home runs in the first two rounds to advance to the final round, in which he faced Yoenis Cespedes, an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics. Although he lost 9–8 in the finals, Harper was the second-youngest player to participate in the Home Run Derby, and the youngest to ever make it to the final round. Harper hit his 17th homer of the season on August 6 and it was his 39th of his career, passing Ken Griffey Jr. for most home runs by a player younger than 21. Only 2 other players have more home runs than him before turning 21. In 118 games, he hit .274/.368/.486 with 20 HR, 58 RBI and 47 XBH.
    Harper hit two home runs on Opening Day of the 2013 season vs the Miami Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details He became the youngest major league player, at age 20, to hit two home runs in his team's first game of the season. He was voted a starter for the MLB All Star Game, his second career All-Star selection.
  • 2012
    In Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals, Harper hit his first postseason home run.
    More Details Hide Details The Nationals would eventually lose the game 7–9 despite leading by 6 runs. He finished his first postseason appearance with a .130 batting average. Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He received 112 votes, 16 of them first-place votes, beating Arizona's Wade Miley (105 votes, 12 first-place) and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier.
    He had a second multi-homer game on September 5, 2012, against the Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details Harper was named Rookie of the Month again in September after hitting .330 with seven home runs. Harper's 254 total bases and 57 extra base hits were the most ever for a player under age 20, while his 22 home runs, 98 runs scored, .340 on-base percentage, .477 slugging percentage, and .817 on base-plus-slugging were the best regular season totals for a teenager in the past 45 years.
    Harper's play began to improve in late August. He hit two home runs in a game against the Miami Marlins on August 29, 2012, his first career multi-homer game, and recorded his first major league ejection after throwing his helmet down in the ninth inning in response to hitting into a double play.
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    During a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 12, 2012, Harper hit a deep home run to center field that struck an advertising banner adjacent to the restaurant in the second tier of seats at the Rogers Centre, estimated to travel 438 feet.
    More Details Hide Details After the game, a reporter asked if Harper would take advantage of Ontario's lower drinking age (19, versus 21 in the U.S.) by drinking a celebratory beer with his teammates. Harper replied, "I'm not going to answer that. That's a clown question, bro." The comment quickly developed into an Internet meme, and the phrase itself repeated, in response to a question, by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Harper filed an application to trademark the phrase. Harper was named a candidate in the All-Star Final Vote, with the winner being added to the All-Star Game roster. Harper finished third behind David Freese and Michael Bourn. However, Bourn would make the roster after Ian Desmond sustained an injury and Harper would become the youngest position player (and third-youngest player, behind Dwight Gooden and Bob Feller) to ever make an All-Star roster when it was announced Giancarlo Stanton would undergo knee surgery. "I don't have words to explain it right now. It's exciting to go. I'm excited to get there and be around all the top guys in the country, of course, and the top guys in baseball. I'm going to take it all in and try to enjoy it with my family and just be as mellow and as calm as I can be", Harper stated. He went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a walk.
    Harper earned his first walkoff hit on June 5, 2012, with an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning against the New York Mets.
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    On May 14, 2012, Harper hit his first Major League home run off of San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer.
    More Details Hide Details He was the youngest player to homer in the major leagues since Adrián Beltré did in 1998. He was named National League Rookie of the Month for May.
    After being hit by a pitch by Cole Hamels in the first inning of a game against the Phillies on May 6, 2012, Harper eventually advanced to third, then stole home plate, becoming the first teenager to steal home plate since 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Hamels later admitted to hitting Harper intentionally, and was suspended five games by MLB.
    Harper was called up to the Nationals on April 27, 2012 after Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the DL.
    More Details Hide Details He made his MLB debut with the Nationals the next day against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper grounded out to the pitcher (Chad Billingsley) in his first Major League at bat. He recorded his first Major League hit with a double in his third at-bat against Billingsley and got his first RBI on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
    During 2012 spring training, Harper was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, where he started the season, playing exclusively at the center field position.
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    Harper was selected for the 2012 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest position player to ever be selected.
    More Details Hide Details He has been touted as a "five-tool player". Harper won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2012. He tied for the NL lead in home runs in the 2015 Major League Baseball season, and was named the National League Most Valuable Player for 2015 by unanimous decision of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Harper attended Las Vegas High School. After his sophomore year, he earned his General Educational Development (GED) in October 2009, making him eligible for the June 2010 amateur draft in order to begin his professional baseball career earlier.
    He made his MLB debut with the Nationals on April 28, 2012.
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  • 2011
    On August 18, 2011, Harper injured his hamstring while running from first to third base on an extra base hit.
    More Details Hide Details The injury was severe enough that he had to be carried off the field by his coaches. Harper was placed on the 7-day disabled list, and it was reported that the injury had ended Harper's season.
    Harper was selected to represent the United States in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game during the 2011 All Star Game weekend.
    More Details Hide Details He was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators on July 4. Harper went 2 for 3 in his AA debut with two singles, a run, and a walk.
    In April 2011, after a slow start in the minor leagues, Harper visited optometrist Dr. Keith Smithson, who reportedly told him, "I don't know how you ever hit before.
    More Details Hide Details You have some of the worst eyes I've ever seen." In his first 20 games after receiving contact lenses, Harper hit .480, collecting 7 home runs, 10 doubles and 23 RBIs.
  • 2010
    Bryan was also selected in the 2010 MLB Draft, by the Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details He did not sign and then was drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Harper was featured in an episode of ESPN E:60 and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in May 2009. Harper featured in another ESPN magazine in 2015, this time displaying naked in ESPN's The Magazine 2015 Body Issue. Harper also received a sponsorship deal with a nutritional supplement company focusing on active lifestyles, MusclePharm. Harper's father, Ron, is an ironworker in Las Vegas. Harper attributes his work ethic to the lessons he learned from watching his father: "I wanted to come out and I wanted to work hard because he worked hard. He did it for over 25 years." Harper is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harper owns a customized Mercedes-Benz CLS, outfitted with a low-light glow bat enclosure in the trunk and Nationals curly "W" insignia on the rear of the car replacing the Mercedes logo.
    On November 20, Harper and the Scottsdale Scorpions won the 2010 Arizona Fall League Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After batting .399 in spring training, the Nationals optioned Harper to the Hagerstown Suns of the Class-A South Atlantic League to begin his minor league career.
    On August 26, 2010, Harper was introduced by the Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details Harper said he chose to wear No. 34 because "I always loved Mickey Mantle, three and four equals seven." After batting .319 with a .407 OBP (and leading his team in hits, homers, RBIs and walks) in the Nationals' fall instructional league, Harper was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions taxi-squad, the second-youngest player in the history of the league (two days older than when Mets' prospect Fernando Martínez appeared in the league in 2006). He batted .343 and slugged .729.
    Harper was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft, making Harper the second consecutive number one overall pick of the Major League Baseball Draft taken by the Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details The Nationals took Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Although Harper had previously and predominantly played catcher, the Nationals drafted him as an outfielder to extend his career and to accelerate his player development, so that he could debut in the MLB earlier. They also moved him because it preempted the demotion or benching of Wilson Ramos, a promising catcher. Harper was represented by Scott Boras. Following in Strasburg's footsteps, Harper held out until the very last minute before the deadline. With twenty-six seconds remaining, Harper and the Nationals agreed to a 5-year contract worth $9.9 million, including a $6.25 million signing bonus, and eight semesters of college tuition. When asked about the signing, Nationals President Stan Kasten said, "The truth is, with a full minute to go, Mike and I both thought we were not going to have a deal." Asked what changed in that final minute, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo replied, "It was both sides compromising and knowing that we were so close, it would be fruitless not to get a deal done."
    Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award.
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    On June 2, 2010, Harper was ejected from a National Junior College World Series game by home plate umpire Don Gilmore after a called third strike.
    More Details Hide Details Harper drew a line in the dirt with his bat as he left the plate, presumably to show where he thought the pitch was. It was Harper's second ejection of the year, and resulted in a two-game suspension. The suspension ended his amateur career, as Southern Nevada lost the game from which Harper was ejected and lost their next game with Harper suspended, which eliminated them from the tournament.
    In the Western district finals of the 2010 NJCAA World Series, Harper went 6-for-7 with 5 RBIs and hit for the cycle.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, in a doubleheader, he went 2-for-5 with a three-run double in the first game, and in the second game went 6-for-6 with 4 home runs, a triple, and a double.
    He was named the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year.
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    For the 2010 college season, 17-year-old Harper enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), where he would play catcher.
    More Details Hide Details An advantage for Harper in his eventual transition to his professional career was that the SWAC, like MLB, uses wooden bats in conference play. In 66 games, he hit 31 home runs, 98 RBIs, hitting .443/.526/.987 (AVG/OBP/SLG). His 31 home runs shattered the school's previous record of 12.
    Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the 2012 season, baseball prospect-watchers, including Baseball America,, and Baseball Prospectus routinely ranked Harper as a top-3 prospect.
    Harper was chosen by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
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  • 1992
    Born on October 16, 1992.
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