Bryce Harper, Right Field, Washington Nationals, #34
Date of Birth: 10/16/1992
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
College: College of Southern Nevada
Nicknames: Bam-Bam, Mondo
Bryce Harper, right fielder for the Washington Nationals, was the team's number one draft pick in 2010. After being drafted by the Nationals, Harper signed a five-year, $9.9 million contract with them. He played in the Nationals minor league system in 2011.
In 2012, Harper had a very good first year with the Nationals and he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. He batted .270 with 144 hits, 26 doubles, 22 home runs, 59 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases. Last year, he batted .274 with 116 hits, 24 doubles, 20 home runs, and 58 RBIs in 118 games.
Harper was a catcher prior to joining the Nationals, when he moved to left field. In 2013, he played 97 games in left field and he made 150 putouts and 5 errors with a .970 fielding percentage. He finished the 2014 season with 96 hits, 13 home runs, and a .273 batting average in 100 games. In the postseason, he had 5 hits, 1 double, 3 home runs, and a .294 batting average in 17 at-bats in 4 games.
Harper had an outstanding season in 2015, finishing with career highs in batting average (.330), hits (172), doubles (38), home runs (42), and RBIs (99). He was tied with Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies for the most home runs in the National League. He led the NL in runs scored with 118 and he led all major league baseball players in on base percentage with .460 and in slugging percentage with .649. On May 6th, he hit three home runs in one game for the first time in his career.
In 2015, Harper won his first Silver Slugger award and the National League Hank Aaron award. He was also named the NL MVP.
Harper followed his MVP season with probably his worst offensive season so far. In 2016, he batted just .243 with 123 hits, 24 doubles, 24 home runs, and 86 RBIs in 147 games. He had similar numbers in the postseason, batting .235 with 4 hits in 17 at-bats in 5 games. Defensively, as the Nationals' right fielder in 143 games in the regular season, he had a .992 fielding percentage and he made 256 putouts and 2 errors.
Harper had a comeback season in 2017, batting .319 in 111 games. He had 134 hits, 27 doubles, 29 home runs, 87 RBIs, and 99 strikeouts to 68 walks. Defensively, as the Nationals' right fielder in 110 games, he made 173 putouts and 2 errors. In the postseason, he batted .211 with 4 hits and 3 RBIs in 19 at-bats in 5 games. He hits a two run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two of the NL Division Series to tie the score at 3-3.
Career batting statistics for Harper through 2017 include:
- 768 games played
- 785 hits
- 149 doubles
- 150 home runs
- 421 RBIs
- 665 strikeouts to 455 walks
- .285 batting average