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34 Bryce Harper RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 10/16/1992 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 53.63
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Nationals' Bryce Harper slugs fifth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the Marlins Sunday.

Harper kicked off the scoring with his second-inning home run, but it wasn't enough for the Nationals to avoid a sweep at the hands of their division rivals. The home run was his first of the week but already his fifth of the season. Harper has hit .270/.420/.524 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 17 walks in 63 at-bats.


Nationals move Bryce Harper to center for Denard Span


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper will move to center field, in place of Denard Span, for Saturday's game. 

"What we have to be mindful of is that we don't want to push [Span] too hard, because this is a long-term thing," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "We have a lot of games left. I want to make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season. Four in a row and a day off is probably the best thing to do. After today, let him go again. He'll let us know how he feels from there. He is playing well."

Reed Johnson gets his second start of the season in right.

The Nationals are -150 money line favorites at Miami. 


Bryce Harper homers in Nationals' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Bryce Harper hit his fourth home run of the season in the Nationals' 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. 

Harper went 2 for 3 with a walk and a game-tying solo homer in the fifth inning. Harper is hitting .279 with seven RBI. 


Nationals OF Bryce Harper homers in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit a three-run home run in the first inning of Friday night's 7-2 victory over the Phillies. 

With Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond on base, Harper crushed a 1-2 pitch off of Sean O'Sullivan to center field. It was Harper's third home run of the season. 

Harper is now hitting .250/.375/.500 for the season. He finished Friday's game 1 for 2 and drew two walks. 


Bryce Harper blasts second homer of the season for Nationals


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Bryce Harper continued his solid start to the young season, opening the scoring in the Nationals' 4-3, 10-inning victory Sunday with a first-inning home run, his second long ball of the season after going deep on Opening Day. 

Harper, hitting third in the Nats' lineup, greeted Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan with a deep drive to left. It was Harper's only hit of the game, and he finishes the series hitting .261 with two homers and two RBIs on the year. 


Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper rips solo home run Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in Washington's 3-1 loss to the Mets Monday. 

Harper was the only National to break through starter Bartolo Colon, taking him to deep right field to lead off the fourth inning with a home run. Harper also singled and struck out in Washington's Opening Day loss.


Nationals OF Bryce Harper is fine after slipping on warning track


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper remained in the game after slipping on the warning track while fielding a ball on Saturday, according to masnsports.com.

The same report stated that Harper was flexing his right hand after bracing his fall while tracking down a ball. Manager Matt Williams said that Harper is fine.

Harper, 22, is hitting .233 this spring with two homers and nine strikeouts.


Nationals' Bryce Harper (illness) back after one-day absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to the spring lineup Friday against the Cardinals after sitting out Thursday due to an illness. Harper is batting .231 (6 for 26) with one double, one home run, three RBI, five runs, seven strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 spring games.

Nationals OF Bryce Harper sidelined Thursday due to illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper was held out of Thursday's spring lineup against the Mets due to a stomach illness. Harper is batting .231 (6 for 26) with one double, one home run, three RBI, five runs, seven strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 spring games.

“He was really feeling bad yesterday, and then today he’s still not feeling well,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “He came in, did a little bit of light swinging in the cage, and he’s still not feeling good. So we sent him home again (Thursday). I think he’ll be OK to go (Friday). But we wanted to get him out of here and not get anybody else sick at this point.”


Nats' Williams on Harper: If he can just be him, it will be a great year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is entering his fourth season in the majors at just 22 years old. He at times has shown the potential baseball folks have been raving about since he was a teenager, but he's also failed to fully live up to the hype. Although, durability issues have been a contributing problem for Harper, who has missed 106 games the last two seasons due to injuries.

Nationals manager Matt Williams talked Tuesday about what Harper needs to do to take his game to the next level.

"I want to see from Bryce a lot of consistency," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "He shows that. He shows consistency. He's got the ability to walk. He's a good on-base guy -- traditionally, in his young career, he's been that.

"At the same time, I don't want him to feel pressure to do too much. If he can just be him, then it will be a great year for him. We are working on collectively his pitch recognition at the plate, making sure that we give him all the information we can possibly give him about the opponent. And just let him play. Year 4 is one thing but we have to also understand that he's only 22. He's still young, very young."


Nationals' Bryce Harper hits first spring homer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit his first home run of the spring on Friday. 

In the fourth inning, Harper hit a 1-0 slider to right-center for a solo shot off of Jake Buchanan. Harper went one for two with a walk and lifted his average to .238 for the spring. 

Manager Matt Williams said that Harper had been "jumpy" at the plate earlier in the spring, but he'd settled down during batting practice over the last few days. “He’s calming his lower half down,” Williams said, per the Washington Post's James Wagner. “He gets 40 at-bats and he’ll be right where he needs to be. The BPs are better. He’s getting better results. He’s taking his walks. All those things are positive.


Nationals' Bryce Harper says he has to step up production


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) With the Nationals losing first baseman Adam LaRoche to free agency, outfielder Bryce Harper knows he needs to increase his production, reports MLB.com.

"I'll help out for sure," Harper said. "After losing LaRoche, I have to step up a little bit. I have to do what I need to do. Our pitching is going to take us to the top, hopefully, but we still have to have offense. We have to do the things we need to do. I'm ready to go. I'll be feeling good."

Harper said the key to his success in 2015 will be sticking to his approach and not trying to overdo it.

"I have to see what [pitchers] are going to do to me, see how they approach me, really just working my pitch and not go out of my comfort zone," Harper said. "If I can do that, stay within myself and have a little bit of fun at the plate, that will go a long way."


Nationals' Harper in better shape, hoping to play smarter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has reported to camp in better shape, according to The Washington Post

Harper lost weight during the offseason, reporting to camp at 204 pounds. He was able to work on his entire body during the winter, which he couldn't do last season due to a knee injury. Manager Matt Williams was impressed, saying Harper is in "fantastic shape."

On top of that, Harper said he's focused on playing smarter in the field in order to avoid an injury. Harper missed a large chunk of the 2013 season after running into the outfield wall, and it seems he'll do a better job of being more careful this year. 

The 22-year-old hit .273/.344/.423 over 352 at-bats last season. 


Williams: Nationals' Bryce Harper will likely hit in middle of lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) When asked if he'll need outfielder Bryce Harper to carry more of the load in 2015, Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters "it's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup," per Comcast SportsNet Washington on Wednesday.

Harper, 22, was primarily the No. 6 hitter last season for the Nationals. He has played
77 career games at the No. 3 spot, 20 at cleanup and 13 at the No. 5 spot. Last season, he hit .273/.344/.423 with 13 homers and 32 RBI over 352 at-bats. He has appeared in only 218 games over the past two seasons due to an assortment of injury issues.


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.