Whether you love him or hate him, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is one of the brightest young talents in the game of baseball. Harper, 21, showcased some of that talent in a Spring Training game today with a mammoth three-run home run that hit a flag pole in left-center field.
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Injuries robbed Harper of a promising season in 2013 after he won the Rookie of the Year in 2011 when he hit 22 home runs, scored 98 runs, drove in 59 and stole 18 bases while hitting .270. Harper appeared in only 118 games but in 424 at bats smacked 20 home runs, drove in 58 and improved his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Along with Mike Trout, Harper may be the most talented position player in baseball and provided he can stay healthy this season and play in 155 games, there is no reason to believe he can’t hit 40 home runs and be a leading candidate to win the National League MVP.