Bryce Harper goes 7 for 8 with two homers Saturday

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When we last left him, Bryce Harper was batting .356/.451/.712 with four homers and 42 total bases through 16 games. Since then the 17-year-old super prospect has picked up 17 more total bases, including two home runs, in just four games. Harper is now batting a team-leading .408/.500/.831 with six homers and 20 RBI in a total of 20 games.

Harper seems to be picking up steam as his season reaches its halfway point. The slugging catcher has gone seven for his last eight, with two doubles and two homers in that frame.

Bryce Harper with a great at bat

Versatility

While Harper is known mostly as a catcher, he is an outstanding athlete with the ability to play almost anywhere on the field. This is an important note for the Nationals to consider when drafting him. This is for two reasons, first the Nationals have prospects in Jesus Flores and Derek Norris at the catching position already, and second, catchers have shorter careers than everyone else. Harper is no one-trick pony though, so far this season he has appeared at catcher in 13 games, third base in six games, centerfield in five games, and right field in one. That’s at the age of 17, in college. Think about that one for a minute.

Here are his game by game results:

1/29 – 1/3, 1 R, 1 RBI
1/30 – 0/3, 1 R
1/30 – 0/5
1/31 – 3/4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
2/3   – 3/6, 1 R, 1 RBI
2/4   – 0/4, 1 RBI
2/5   – 2/3, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 HR
2/5   – 1/3, 1 RBI
2/12 – 2/4, 2b, 1 HR
2/13 – 3/5, 2x2b, 1 HR, 6 RBI
2/14 – 0/3, 1 R
2/18 – 1/3, 1 RBI
2/19 – 2/4, 2b, 1 R
2/19 – 1/3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
2/20 – 0/2, 2 R
3/5   – 1/2, 2 R, 2b, Sb
3/5   – 0/2, 1 R, SB, 2 bb
3/6   – 3/4, 3 R, 1 RBI, HR, 2b
3/6   – 4/4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2b, HR

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