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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%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 53.64
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Nationals OF Bryce Harper hits 16th home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper smacked his 16th home run of the season during Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

"See it and hit," Harper said, per MLB.com. "Plain and simple. Just trying to see and hit the ball, and I wasn't really thinking too much. He'd get 1-2 and throw a heater over. He was a little sneaky in the first three at-bats for those three guys. I was just guessing heater, and I guessed right and connected."

The solo home run came in the second inning off pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. The home run was Harper's lone hit in two at-bats during the game. He walked and struck out once during the contest.

Over his last 14 games, Harper is 24 for 46 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. During that time, he has raised his average from .265 to .336.


Nationals' Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected vs. Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams and outfielder Bryce Harper were ejected in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. 

In a strange sequence of events, umpire Marvin Hudson told Harper to get back into the batter's box following a called strike. Harper said something in return to Hudson, who then tossed Harper from the game. 

Williams then ran onto the field to argue with Hudson, who subsequently tossed him as well. Williams then kicked some dirt onto the plate. 

Harper was fired up after the game when asked about the ejection. 

"I don't think 40,000 people paid to watch him ump tonight," he said, via CSN Washington's Chase Hughes

Harper's at-bat was finished by Michael Taylor, who struck out. Harper finished the game 0-1. 

This is the second time in a week both Harper and Williams have been ejected from a game. The previous time was against the Diamondbacks on May 13.


Bryce Harper smacks NL-leading 15th homer in Nationals' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Bryce Harper cracked a home run Tuesday in the first inning of the Nationals' victory over the Yankees.

The homer was Harper's 10th in the month of May and his National League-leading 15th of the season.

Bryce Harper homers, drives in four in Nationals rout


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Outfielder Bryce Harper continued his torrid month for the Nationals, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBIs as Washington crushed the Padres 10-5 on Sunday. 

Harper hit his MLB-leading 14th homer in the seventh inning, already surpassing his home run total from last season. He finished just a double short of the cycle and improved his slash line to .338/.476/.729. 

"I think [Harper] is just playing," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is understanding the strike zone. He is taking a walk when it's offered to him. When he gets guys in scoring position, he is aggressive and waiting for a good pitch to hit. That's the difference for any hitter. Somebody that has his ability, it makes a huge difference."

During the month of May, Harper is hitting .418 with nine homers and 22 RBIs, leading fans at San Diego's Petco Park to chant "MVP!"


Nationals RF Bryce Harper also excelling in defense


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) It's been no secret this season that Bryce Harper is having a sensational year at the plate for the Nationals, but the right fielder's defense has also been much improved, according to the Washington Post.

“I’m extremely happy with the way he’s been playing,” said first base and outfield coach Tony Tarasco. “He’s getting more and more comfortable.”

Harper had switched positions (left field to right field) this season with Jayson Werth.

“I feel great,” Harper said. “It’s a lot easier than left. Everybody talks about right being easy. I don’t know if it’s easy, but it’s a lot better than left. Left was so hard."

Nationals OF Bryce Harper hits 13th home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit his eighth home run in his last nine games during Friday's 10-0 win over the Padres.

Harper hit the two-run home run off Shawn Kelley in the fourth inning. He finished the game 3 for 4 with two RBI. His 13 home runs lead the National League.

 Harper is now 17 for 32 in his last nine games with 18 RBI. He has raised his batting average from .245 to .317.


Nats' Bryce Harper not surprised by fast start: 'I've done it before'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is one of the hottest hitters in the game through the early portion of the season, leading the majors in walks (30) and runs (29), and ranking second in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.119), home runs (12) and RBI (31).

Washington hitting coach Rick Schu said he's never seen a run like Harper in his 34 years in baseball. Yet somehow, the 22-year-old Harper doesn't appear to be too surprised by his red-hot power surge to start the season, per the Washington Post.

"I've done it before," Harper said. "I'm not saying that to be cocky at all, but I'm saying that I want to do that again. I don't want that to be the last time I do it.

"This is what I was like in high school and college," Harper said. "That’s what people don’t understand. I was healthy. Staying healthy is what I need to do. This is the type of player I need to be and the type of player I want to be. Everybody talks about how I'm doing this different or I'm doing that different. There's nothing different. It's staying healthy and staying in the lineup. Truly.

" ... I know it is way different here than in college and high school but if you look at all the stats I had in college and high school, they were absurd because I was in the lineup every single day. I played every day. I played year-round. I had the reps, I had the stuff, and I was never hurt. I was never hurt at all."

Harper had two four-homer games while at the College of Southern Nevada, where he hit 31 homers in one 66-game season in 2010. Harper notched his first three-homer game earlier in May, and is hitting .500 (14 for 28) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, seven homers, 16 RBI and seven walks over his last eight games played.

He's also showing more patience at the plate. Last season he drew 38 walks in 395 plate appearances (100 games). This season he has an MLB-best 33 walks in 156 plate appearances (36 games).


Nationals OF Bryce Harper explains why he argued with umpire


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Attention major-league umpires: If Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper feels you're talking down to him, he'll let you have it. 

In Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks, Harper was tossed after a debatable check swing. Harper felt he checked but umpire Rob Drake called him out on strikes. Harper felt Drake should have checked with the third base umpire about the play. 

“‘You’re gonna have to check it," Harper said he told Drake, according to The Washington Post. "He said, ‘You’re really gonna act like that?’ I didn’t like that comment from him. I don’t like getting talked down to by an umpire. I respect the umpires as much as I can but to tell me I’m going to act like that I gave him a piece of my mind.”

Harper has been hot at the plate lately as he's batting .308 with 12 homers. In his past seven games, he's hit .538. 

Nationals' Harper, Williams tossed for arguing balls and strikes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams were both tossed by home plate umpire Rob Drake in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against Diamondbacks.

Harper was ejected after he struck out on a check-swing to end the top of the seventh. Williams was also tossed after arguing with Drake. Harper doubled in the second inning and finished 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .308 on the season with 12 homers and 31 RBI.


Bryce Harper does it again, homers Tuesday in Nationals' loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Bryce Harper launched another home run Tuesday, connecting for a two-run blast in the Nationals’ loss to the Diamondbacks.

After hitting six homers over a three-game stretch (Thursday-Saturday), Harper did not homer in his last two before Tuesday.

He now has seven homers over his last six games and 12 overall for the season, tops in the National League.


Bryce Harper's torrid hitting continues Sunday in Nats' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Although he did not homer on Sunday, Bryce Harper continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 4 with a double and RBI in the Nationals' win over the Braves.

Harper delivered an RBI double in the first inning to get the Nats on the board first.

Over his last four games, Harper is 12 for 16 (.750 avg.) with 13 RBI.

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson discusses Bryce Harper's emergence


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) As Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper powers his way this weekend into the record books, Hall of Famer and former Nationals manager Frank Robinson discussed the progress Harper has made since being drafted in 2010, reports MLB.com. 

"It took him a couple of years to get his feet off the ground," Robinson said. "I think he now understands the pitchers in the league what they are trying to do to him. He made some adjustments. He is the real thing. I think you're going to see a lot of exciting things out of this young man for a lot of years."

Harper, this week, became the first player since Hee-Seop Choi (Dodgers) in 2005 to hit six home runs in three games.


Bryce Harper's HR surge continues Saturday with walk-off shot for Nats


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Bryce Harper crushed a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to lift the Nationals over the Braves.

"Right when I hit it, I knew it was gone," Harper said.

Harper has now hit six home runs in three games, one off the major league record set by Shawn Green in 2002.

"Certainly, we don't expect him to hit a home run every day," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "But he can get in streaks like this where he sees the ball very well."

He's also collected 12 RBI has posted a .667 avg. (8 for 12) over his three-game power surge.


Nationals OF Bryce Harper hits 2 more homers in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had another huge game in Friday night's 9-2 win over the Braves. 

Harper went 3 for 4 with two home runs, a single and five RBI. That gives Harper five home runs in the past two games. He hit three homers against the Marlins on Wednesday. Harper has now hit 10 home runs in 29 games. 

Prior to this two-game outburst, Harper had totaled five homers through 27 games. He's since doubled his output and is 6 of 8 in these last two games.

Harper now holds a slash line of .284/.426/.627. 


Nats' Bryce Harper launches career high three HRs in win over Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper launched three home runs-- a career high -- in his first three at-bats, leading his club to a 7-5 victory over Miami on Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Zimmerman was the last Washington player to hit three in game on May 29, 2013 against the Orioles.

Harper uncorked a solo home run to left field in the second inning off Tom Koehler. Harper's second home run was a monster two-run shot that landed in the second deck in right field, giving his club a 4-2 advantage in the third inning. He tacked on another solo home run -- an upper-decker -- off Koehler in the fifth inning to give Washington a three-run lead. He grounded out, but plated a run in his fourth at-bat in the seventh, finishing 3 for 4 with three runs scored and five RBI.

Harper, 22, has six career multi-home run performances. He is the youngest player to hit three homers in a game since Joe Lahoud did so for the Red Sox on June 11, 1969, per ESPN Stats and Info.

Harper is hitting .265/.416/.561 with eight homers, 20 RBI and an MLB-best 26 walks in 28 games. He has 13 career home runs against the Marlins -- more than any other opponent he's faced.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar hits third on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit from the No. 3 position in manager Matt Williams' lineup on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that Escobar hit third in the batting order, as Williams shuffled the order a bit for the matinee matchup against the Marlins.

Escobar continues to hit well in 2015, though he did go hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was moved up to the second spot in the lineup, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman returned to their normal spots, batting fourth and fifth respectively on Wednesday. 


Bryce Harper leads the Nationals in HRs, RBI, OBP through first month


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper ended the month of April in style, cranking out a bases-clearing double in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field. Harper, who is not a stranger to fast starts, closed the month leading the Nationals in home runs (five), RBI (15), runs scored (18) and on-base percentage (.440).

"Hopefully, I keep going. That's all I want to do," Harper said, per MLB.com. "I just want to stay in the lineup, stay healthy all year and hopefully play 150, 160 games. That's all I care about. As long as we are winning ballgames, it's huge for us. I love playing in April. I don't know why. I'm very comfortable in April. Hopefully, I can feel comfortable the next five months, too."


Nationals' Bryce Harper drives in three runs in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with one walk, two doubles and three RBI in his team's 8-2 win over the Mets Thursday.

Harper collected all three of his RBI with a bases-loaded double in the ninth inning, adding three insurance runs on the board and taking the Nationals out of a potential save situation. He's now hit .286/.440/.545 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 77 at-bats.


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.