VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals poses for a portrait during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
VIERA, FL – FEBRUARY 23: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals poses for a portrait during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Since his entry into the league, Bryce Harper has long been considered one of the most talented players in baseball, lauded as his generation’s next ‘big thing’. Naturally, with that tremendous level of expectation, everyone has been anticipating the day he finally lived up to the hype. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2012 however, injuries hindered the player that was turning into one of MLB’s youngest stars. Likewise, each of the last three seasons saw Harper’s number of plate appearances and total games played decline. People were beginning to wonder when the day might come that all the predictions and potential would be fulfilled. Perhaps his baseball ‘destiny’ was simply a mirage; a time that would never come. Another false hope created by an idea rather than the reality.

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Well, there’s surely no reason to doubt any longer. Harper is performing at a truly historic pace. He’s leading early season candidacy for National League MVP, and off to a monster start in what could turn out to be a career defining year. Finally healthy, Harper has been absolutely obliterating the ball. With a .317 BA, 13 HR 33 RBI triple slash, Harper is leading the NL in home runs, SLG (.690) and OPS (1.150). He has played in every one of the Nationals’ games and been a solid offensive and defensive producer.

So far, just a quarter of the way through the season, Harper has already surpassed his HR, RBI and BB totals of his injury plagued 2014 season. At this current pace he will hit more than 50 home runs and achieve an astounding 130+ RBI total.
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Although it’s unlikely anyone could sustain this pace for a whole season, although it’s definitely not totally out of the question, these numbers should simply give everyone an idea of just how good a player Bryce Harper can be. He may not have Mike Trout’s speed, but he surely he has more power and a far superior recognition of the strike zone. (Trout strikes out much more frequently.) Now that Harper is healthy, he has established himself as one of the best players in the game – period. At just 22 years old that’s an insane statement to consider. It’s possible he could end up one of the greatest athletes ever to play the game, when the dust settles.

Landin Murphy covers MLB for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness

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