Just 10 Days in — Harper is a highlight reel

 

Bryce Harper was called up from Triple-A on 4/27/12.

Since then, he has been quite an electrifying player in the nation’s capital.  The fans have noticed, the media has noticed, and the coaches know they have someone special on their hands.  Harper originally started batting 7th, and has since been moved up to the 3 spot.  After 8 games, he carries an average of .308 with a .424 OBP and .500 SLG.  He still is looking for his first career MLB home run, but with the power he has, it won’t be too much longer.  He has 3 RBI’s, 1 stolen base (highlighted later), and has shown a very good eye at the plate with 5 BB.  He has also shown a cannon of an arm in the outfield, as well as made a few incredible grabs.

But it is more than the numbers that Bryce is bringing to the Nationals — it’s the aggressive style of play and the attitude [#Natitude] he brings night in and night out.  He plays hard, throws hard, and runs hard and aggressive.  He runs out of the dugout hard just like they teach you to do in little league.  Harper has all the tools to be a special player on both sides of the ball.  His impact has been immediate, even in his first 10 days since being called up.

Harper has shown that he belongs on the big league roster, and will likely remain for the foreseeable future.  But as WUSA 9’s Kevin Jones points out via twitter, there is still a possibility that at some point he may be moved back down.

@ ARod went up and down twice...I can see a scenario later in the season if he's struggling where he goes down for 15 games.
@Mr_KevinJones
Kevin Jones

(If you are DC baseball and basketball fan, do yourself a favor and follow @Mr_KevinJones)

Either way, both the Nationals organization and Nats fans alike know they have a special player, and the excitement level among DC baseball fans couldn’t be higher.

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Here is a look at some of the highlights, in photos and videos, that Bryce Harper already delivered in his short career:

 

4/28 at Dodgers

Harper went 1-3 with a sac fly and doubled for his 1st big league hit.  He also displayed his gun on this throw home which would have been a sure out if Wilson Ramos held on to it:

 

4/29 at Dodgers

Batted .333 going 1-3 with a walk.  Bryce made another highlight on the defensive end:

 

5/1 vs. Diamondbacks

Again on the defensive end, Harper displays his cannon on a laser throw to beat runner John McDonald at the plate.  The ump calls McDonald safe at the plate, but a replay clearly shows he was gunned out by Bryce:

(Throw at 6 second mark)

 

5/2 vs. Diamondbacks

Wednesday was probably Bryce’s best game of his short career.  He batted 3-4 with 2 doubles off the wall, had 1 RBI, and scored 2 runs.  1 of the runs was another play you probably saw on ESPN, where Harper knocked the ball out of the catchers glove at home plate:

Courtesy @recordsANDradio

**If you are a DC sports fan, you NEED to be following @recordsANDRadio**

He also shows up AGAIN for a defensive play:

 

5/3 vs. Diamondbacks

As you can tell, the Diamondbacks got a healthy dose of Bryce Harper.  In the 6th inning, he had an RBI double that gave the Nats a 2-1 lead, which ultimately proved to be the game winning hit:

After the double: courtesy @recordsANDradio

 

5/6 vs. Phillies

After being plunked by Cole Hammels (on purpose), Harper gets a little revenge of his own.  When Hammels checks a runner at first, Bryce went all ‘Benny The Jet’ on us and stole home!

 

BONUS HIGHLIGHT:

Harper stops at the fields at the Washington Monument to play a little softball

 

 

Bryce Harper certainly has been bringing the Natitude to the field.

 

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