Bryce Harper is an American professional baseball player in the Major League. As of the 2021 season, he plays right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall and is touted as a five-tool player. He bats with his left and throws with his right. Harper attended the Las Vegas HS and the College of Southern Nevada. Aside from the Phillies, Harper has also played for the Washington Nationals. He was drafted in 2010 during the June Draft.
Born Bryce Aaron Max Harper on October 16, 1992, he grew up in Las Vegas. Sports Illustrated also did a story on him for their May 2009 edition. He finished high school early and went on to attend the College of Southern Nevada. His brother and former professional baseball player, Bryan also attended the same school. Together, they worked as a battery. While in college, he won the Golden Spikes Award.
He became the first overall pick for the Nationals during the 2010 draft. He was drafted as an outfielder, even though he had mostly played catcher. Harper and the Nationals agreed to sign a five-year contract which was worth $9.9 million. There was also a signing bonus of $6.25 million. The Nationals also agreed to give him eight semester’s worth of college tuition. At his introduction as a Nationals, he wore a No.34 jersey in honor of Mickey Mantle.
Minor League teams that Harper played for include the Hagerstown Suns, Harrisburg Senators, and the Syracuse Chiefs. In 2012, he was promoted to the Majors and he made his MLB debut in April of that year. At the end of his rookie year, he was named the Rookie of the Year by the National League. He started the 2013 season home runs against the Miami Marlins. He also participated in that year’s Home Run Derby. During the off-season, he had surgery on his left knee. In 2014, he suffered a left thumb injury. He was supposed to travel to Japan this year for the Japan All-Star Series, but he withdrew.
In 2015, Harper hit the longest home run of his career. He was named by Baseball America as the Player of the Year. He also won the Hank Aaron Award and he was also selected as National Leagues’ Player of the Year. Harper hit his first career at Grand Slam in 2016. In the same year, he also hit his 100th home run. He continued to do well in 2017 and 2018. He became a free agent at the end of 2018 and in 2019, he signed a $330-Million contract with the Phillies.
Professional Career Highlights and Awards
- 2012, 2013, 2015–2018 - All-Star
- 2012 - NL Rookie of the Year
- 2015 - Silver Slugger Award
- 2015 - NL Hank Aaron Award
- 2015 - NL MVP
- 2015 - NL home run leader
- 2010 - Golden Spikes Award