For Bryce Harper, it has been a steady climb to elite, beginning as a child and continuing as a 16-year-old, when he bailed from his high school career to start playing at the collegiate level. For years we were told how good he was going to be, and at 23 years old, he’s playing like he’s the best in the league. He has dealt with his fair share of critics, but considering the big picture, he’s doin’ alright for a kid earning millions. His highlight reel is impressive, but these are his best moments…so far.
7. Drafted by the Nationals
The Washington Nationals were in the process of building a franchise, and when they scored future ace Stephen Strasburg, the light at the end of the tunnel got a lot brighter for Nationals fans. When the struggling franchise looked as if they might score baseball’s “future,” in Bryce Harper, there was legitimate reason to celebrate. Of course, hindsight being what it is, putting such pressure on such young talent was foolish, but it didn’t make it any less exciting. Harper has become the face of the Washington Nationals franchise, and is quickly becoming the face of Major League Baseball. His first few seasons have been marred with physical tweaks and more significant injuries, but credit to Bryce for pushing his limits. It has been said that once he felt comfortable in the league, he’d take it over. He and Strasburg seem to be firing on all cylinders so far in 2016!