Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies

Age: 29 (October 16, 1992) | 6' 3" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left 1B-1 OF-139 CF-3 RF-48 DH-2 PH-4
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
WAS NL 2018 159 550 103 137 130 169 34 0 34 100 13 3 .249 .393 .496 19 24 .289 40/22/38 29 28
PHI NL 2019 157 573 98 149 99 178 36 1 35 114 15 3 .260 .372 .510 15 26 .313 38/24/38 30 28
PHI NL 2020 58 190 41 51 49 43 9 2 13 33 8 2 .268 .420 .542 20 18 .279 36/18/46 35 32
PHI NL 2021 141 488 101 151 100 134 42 1 35 84 13 3 .309 .429 .615 17 23 .359 41/22/37 38 35
PHI NL 2022 64 242 49 77 26 52 21 1 15 48 9 2 .318 .385 .599 9 19 .346 35/29/35 21 19
Career 11yrs 1347 4799 899 1350 859 1241 291 23 282 800 120 41 .281 .391 .528 15 22 .321 n/a
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2 HRs yesterday (first multi-HR game) and another today ... THE HARPER! (still love that commercial :-) )
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 30 '12
From Baseball HQ's free Friday newslettter:

It's a BaseballHQ.com tenet that the second half of a rookie's season is always an important gauge of what lies ahead. In this case, it seems MLB opponents have made adjustments, and Harper has yet to re-adjust. Remember that there are no BHQ tenets for 19-year-old major-leaguers with less than 500 minor-league AB—you don't need us to tell you that Harper's a living, breathing outlier. But on the other hand, there's no indication from the numbers that his poor 2H is due to bad luck. His upside is still monumental, but he's much more a future play than a current-season one.
Alex Patton Alex
Aug 24 '12
Four strikeouts tonight on 18 pitches.
Alex Patton Alex
Aug 21 '12
Big game for Harper tonight. Plenty of time left for him to get himself on the cover of all of the magazines next spring with Trout.
Alex Patton Alex
Aug 17 '12
Not to neglect Harper for Trout, but Harper is merely having an incredible season because he's 19, not because of the season he's having.

Among 19 year olds who had 400+ ABs, only 4 have had an OPS+ of better than league average. Mel Ott 139, Tony Conigliaro 137, Ken Griffey Jr. 108, and Edgar Renteria 103. Harper is at 110 right now. Ott and Griffey are obviously in the class that Harper wants to keep company.

Conigliaro is obviously a sad tale. Led the league in HR at age 20 and had three seasons of 122-142 OPS+ through age 22. Then a bad beaning in his age 22 season. He missed a year+ and didn't come back the player he was, although the power was still there. Then, he was done. His comps went from Mickey Mantle to Frank Robinson to Jose Canseco to Jack Clark before he made a valiant attempt to return at age 30.

Renteria may have had a fluky season because he never gain topped an OPS+ of 93 until his age 25 season. Glovework and positional adjustments made him valuable, not his bat.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 26 '12
Indeed.

I wonder how Hamilton's derailing changed the course of history for the Rays.
Doctor G DoctorG
Jul 10 '12
Watching Harper tag up on Josh Hamilton on a fly to deep left reminds me that Hamilton could have been Harper. Same talent level. I'm glad Hamilton turned it around, but he cost himself and history at least five years.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 10 '12
Is giving his vote to Chipper Jones for the last spot on the NL All Stars. You have to like that.

But with Trout already on the AL squad, NL fans will prove themselves to be a bunch of sad-sack homers or dreary statistical drudges if they don't pick Harper.

Also if they care about winning.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '12
Some notes from Buster Olney and ESPN:

From ESPN Stats and Info: How do you get Harper out? Throw him a slider. He was 0-for-7 Saturday, and five of those seven outs came in at-bats ending in a slider.

Harper against sliders this season (league average in parentheses):
Batting average: .148 (.230)
Miss percentage: 41.1 (30.6)
Strikeout-per-PA percentage: 36.7 (27.1)
Chase percentage: 41.3 (33.5)

Almost 80 percent of the pitches Harper saw Saturday were sliders (19-of-24), the highest this season for any player in a game in which he saw at least 20 pitches (Hunter Pence is second with 70 percent on April 29).

Andy Pettitte threw Harper 14 pitches, 11 of which were sliders. Pettitte's first two pitches to Harper were fastballs, as was his last pitch, meaning Pettitte threw 11 straight sliders to Harper during his four at-bats. Pettitte's 11 sliders to Harper are his most to one hitter in a game since 2009.

For the season, Harper is now hitting .148 (4-for-27) with 11 strikeouts in at-bats ending with sliders.

Harper also became just the sixth player in the wild card era and seventh in more than 35 years to record zero hits and five or more strikeouts in seven or more at-bats. Others (since 1975):

2012: Chris Davis vs. Red Sox
2010: Ryan Howard vs. Astros
2004: Jim Thome vs. Orioles
2004: Geoff Jenkins vs. Angels
2003: Richie Sexson vs. Cubs
1993: Ryan Thompson vs. Cardinals
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jun 17 '12
His mama said there'd be days like this.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 17 '12