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34 Bryce Harper LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 10/16/1992 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/90 | Average Draft Position: 32.66
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Nats' Harper nets two-year, $7.5M deal, avoids grievance hearing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper avoided a grievance hearing regarding his 2015 salary by agreeing to a two-year deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The two sides were scheduled to have a grievance hearing Tuesday before coming to terms on a two-year, $7.5 million contract, sources told Heyman. Harper will make $2.5 million in 2015 and $5 million in 2016.

Harper was set to make $1.5 million in 2015 due to the contract he signed as a first-round pick in 2010. Had he been eligible for arbitration, he would have likely made about $2.5 million, according to The Washington Post. Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, believed Harper had the right to opt out of his deal and enter arbitration.


Nationals to swap Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper in the field


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Nationals will adjust their defensive alignment in 2015, according to The Washington Post

Bryce Harper is expected to take over in right field, while Jayson Werth moves to left. The move should allow the club to get better use of Harper's arm. Harper is also expected to take on a bigger role in the lineup. He will likely hit somewhere between the second and fourth spot in the lineup, according to manager Matt Williams. Last season, Harper was mostly used as the team's sixth hitter. 


Bryce Harper homers again in Game 4 elimination loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, a home run and two RBI Tuesday but his team couldn't stave off postseason elimination, falling to the Giants 3-2 to end the NLDS on the wrong side of a 3-1 series loss.

Harper went 0 for 7 in the 18-inning Game 2 marathon but has been outstanding otherwise, going 5 for 10 with three home runs and four RBI. He put the Nationals on the board Tuesday with a fifth-inning RBI double then tied the game at 2-2 with a seventh-inning solo home run, but his heroics were not enough to send the series to a fifth game.


Bryce Harper provides spark Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was one of the few bright spots on offense Friday.

Harper played a big role with the bat. In the fifth inning, Harper notched the team's first hit on an infield single. In his next at-bat, Harper led off the seventh inning with a mammoth solo home run. The hit was later ruled the longest home run of Harper's career. Despite the strong game, the Nationals couldn't mount a comeback. Harper finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Bryce Harper returns following exit Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in the team's lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves, despite leaving Monday's with lightheadedness. He is batting sixth and starting in left field Tuesday. 

Bryce Harper exits game with lightheadedness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was forced out of Monday's game against the Braves due to lightheadedness, the team announced. Harper was removed in the top of the fourth with the issue.

Harper will likely be evaluated and the team should provide an update before Tuesday's game against Atlanta.


Bryce Harper slugs 12th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Braves Wednesday.

Harper's home run ended up being inconsequential to the outcome of the game, as he took Braves closer Craig Kimbrel deep in the ninth inning to cut the lead to four before Kimbrel finished off the win. Harper has hit .266/.337/.424 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 304 at-bats.


Bryce Harper knocks one out of the yard Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left the yard Sunday afternoon at home against the Giants.

Harper launched a two-run shot in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 14-6 victory. He owns a .265/.343/.398 slash line with seven homers and 25 RBI in 249 at-bats.

Manager encouraged by Bryce Harper's approach


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put together a three-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, his second since returning from the disabled list, the Washington Post reports.

Harper sparked the team's game-winning rally in the ninth inning with his third single of the game, and manager Matt Williams said how he got the hit was the most encouraging part of the performance.

"He hit the ball back through the middle [Wednesday], which is really important for him," Williams said.

Harper has struggled to find his power swing this season thanks to a thumb injury, but he is hitting .282 with a .375 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. Impressed by his approach Wednesday, Williams believes the power will follow.

"But if he stays through the middle like that, he's going to get a lot of hits, and I feel if he trusts himself to do that, the home runs will come," Williams said. "They will come. They'll come on hanging breaking balls and change-ups up in the zone, if he can stay middle of the diamond. And he's working hard on that. So I'm proud of his approach."


Bryce Harper goes deep again Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run Thursday against the Mets.

Harper struck in the top of the fourth inning. With a man on, Harper belted an 88 mph fastball out to right center. The hit was Harper's third home run in his last seven games. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Bryce Harper clubs fifth home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper clubbed his fifth home run Tuesday against the Mets.

Harper struck in his first at-bat. With a man on base, Harper belted a 93 mph fastball to left for the two run shot. He also singled later in the game. Harper finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Report: Nationals place two stars on waivers, pull them back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Nationals tested the interest in outfielder Bryce Harper and starter Stephen Strasburg by placing them on revocable waivers and pulling them back when they were claimed, per USA Today.

Both have been disappointments this season. Harper has struggled so mightily that some have called for his demotion to Triple-A. Strasburg is coming off a performance in which he yielded seven runs in five innings and has been particularly vulnerable against stronger opponents all year.


Embattled Bryce Harper blasts off to bury Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper responded to suggestions that he should be demoted by smashing a walkoff home run Thursday to beat the Mets.

Harper slugged a two-run tater to left with one out in the 13th inning. It was his first blast since July 18. He had also singled in the 11th after making four consecutive outs that extended his slump to 4 for 30.


Bryce Harper not heading to minors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams said during Wednesday's pregame meeting with the media that outfielder Bryce Harper would not be sent to the minors in the midst of his struggles at the plate, masnsports.com reports.

"Bryce Harper is one of the guys on our team," Williams said. "He's a very important part of our team, just like everybody else is. Do we understand each other? It's not fair to the kid, it's not fair to the rest of the guys in that clubhouse to even think about sending Bryce Harper to the minor leagues to cause a stir. It's unacceptable. It won't happen. Is that good enough for you? Next? Thanks."

Harper has hit just .214 with two home runs and five RBI in 30 games since returning from the disabled list in late June.


Could demotion to minors benefit Bryce Harper?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's struggles at the plate continued Tuesday against the Mets, as he went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Since returning from the disabled list June 30, Harper is batting .214 with two home runs and five RBI in 30 games.

Nationals manager Matt Williams was asked during his weekly radio spot Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan if it was a "terrible idea" to demote Harper to Triple-A to work on his swing.

"I don’t know," Williams said, per The Washington Post. "I don’t think it’s stupid. Generally, if you have young players, that’s what you do. But this guy is a special young player. We all know that. It’s different. I think he works hard every day. He’s the first one in the ballpark, generally, to get his day going. He’s grinding. We’re doing everything we can to get a good feel going in there and help him with his confidence and all that. It’s not easy, but any stretch. But I don’t know if it’s a good idea at this point to do that, because it’s completely different pitching. We all know the big difference between Triple A pitching and big league pitching. It’s probably more of an option to have him feel good here, get it back."


Bryce Harper debuts new stance, rips three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper picked up three hits Friday against the Brewers.

Harper debuted a new stance during the game. He appeared to stand more upright at the plate. The stance seemed to help, as Harper ripped a line drive to right, singled up the middle and belted his third home run of the year. 

Harper finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. He's hitting .260, with three home runs. 


Bryce Harper manages solo home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper only had one hit Friday, but made it count.

In the seventh inning, Harper stepped to the plate with no runners on. He clobbered a 90 mph sinker out to right field for the solo shot on the second pitch of the at-bat. Harper finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. The big fly was his second home run of the season. 


Bryce Harper working on getting timing back at the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is batting just .222 (4 for 18) in five games since returning from the disabled list. Harper said he agrees with manager Matt Williams' decision to drop him from second to sixth in the lineup while he works on his timing at the plate.

"I think it's going to take a little time to get back into it. I'm trying to have good at-bats and not chase bad pitches," Harper said. "I'm trying to get in a groove again and trying to get going. With two months off, it's kind of tough trying to get back and do things."

Harper, however, is pleased with his progress, especially after hitting an opposite-field single Saturday against the Cubs.

"When I hit the ball the opposite side, that's huge," Harper said. "I can hit the ball to left pretty well and feel good about it. That's a good sign. We won the ballgame yesterday and that's the biggest thing. That's all I ever care about. I know my swing is going to come. It will get there. If we win a ballgame, it will be a lot easier to get going."


Manager explains switch of Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Matt Williams has explained the flip-flopping of Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the lineup Friday for the Nationals against the Cubs. Harper was moved up from sixth to second after having complained about hitting down in the lineup.

"I think it's a question of trying to create a little bit with Bryce at the top of the lineup, especially against a righty," Williams told the Washington Post. "We've faced three lefties the last three games. I wanted to give him some opportunity to drive runs in and the same holds true for Anthony in that regard. Bryce at the top of the lineup against the right-handed pitcher, he can create some stuff."

It remains to be seen if the switch becomes permanent against both righties and lefties.


Bryce Harper has no issues with manager


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has nothing but respect for manager Matt Williams, according to The Washington Post.

The two haven't exactly had the smoothest transition this season. Williams benched Harper earlier in the year for not hustling, and Harper seemed to question Williams' lineup decisions on his first day back. Those issues appear to be overblown, as the two downplayed the problems. 

"I got Bryce’s back in every way," Williams said. "That will not change. I want him to play every day, and I want him to play the way Bryce knows how to play."

Harper is hitting .287/.350/.415 over 94 at-bats.


Bryce Harper starts in left field, hits sixth in return to lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to left field in his first game off the disabled list Monday against the Rockies. Harper, who has been sidelined since late April with a thumb injury, also hit sixth against Yohan Flande.

Bryce Harper activated off DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was activated from the 15-day disabled list as expected Monday. Harper has been sidelined since late April due to thumb surgery.

Report: Bryce Harper expected to return Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) was not in the lineup for Double-A Harrisburg Sunday, signaling he's expected to return to the Washington roster Monday against the Rockies, per The Washington Post.

Harper connected for three home runs and totaled five RBI Saturday for Harrisburg. He is batting .643 (9 for 14) with one double, four home runs, seven runs and 11 RBI in five rehab games between Harrisburg and Class A Potomac.


Bryce Harper homers three times in possible rehab finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to return from the disabled list Monday barring a setback, and he showed himself to be ready during Saturday's game at Double-A Harrisburg.  

Harper went 4 for 5 Saturday, with three home runs against Akron. He drove in five runs and scored three, in his third rehab game in a row. Harper has been out since late April with a thumb injury, but has been able to play in the outfield during his rehab assignment. 


Matt Williams now staying mum on starting lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams will not reveal how he'll employ his lineup once Bryce Harper returns, according to The Washington Post

Williams had previously outlined a situation where Ryan Zimmerman would shift back to third, pushing Danny Espinosa out of the lineup. Harper is expected to see time at all three outfield spots once he returns, which could give Williams more flexibility. It's unclear if Williams will stick with that plan moving forward, or if he has something else up his sleeve.