Bryce Harper Is the Best 18-Year-Old Ever

You’re going to want to read this Fangraphs piece comparing Bryce Harper’s unreal pro start to those of Griffey Junior, A-Rod and others before him:

Despite all the hype, I’m still not sure we’re accurately appreciating just how good this kid really could be. He’s 18 years old, playing in his first professional season at a time when he should be getting ready to graduate from high school, and he’s hitting .396/.472/.712. That’s his line after last night’s 4 for 5 performance – one which included a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season.

He’s eighteen years old. Sure, it’s only 111 at-bats, but he could go into a slump of epic proportions and still match the numbers put up by some of the best age-18 seasons of all time.

Plus, he can already grow a mustache!

3 thoughts on “Bryce Harper Is the Best 18-Year-Old Ever”

  1. As successful as he’s been, I’m not jumping on the Bryce Harper bandwagon just yet. Too much hype and expectations can really damage a young player. Remember when Josh Hamilton came out of high school? There was an incredible amount of hype. He went down the wrong path and ended up in some crazy situations. Thankfully, he was able to turn things back around, years later.

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