Many do not know the story of Bryce Harper. The 17-year old is taking a path very few, if any, have ever traveled to chase down a dream.
Harper is the starting catcher for the College of Southern Nevada, one of the nation’s top junior college baseball teams. So far this season, the freshman is hitting .408 with 6 homers and 20 RBI’s. Did I mention he is only 17 years old?
In 2008, Harper had a .590 batting average with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs in 38 games for Las Vegas High School. Last year he was good for a .626 batting average with 14 home runs and 55 RBI’s. After dominating high school ball, Harper left school two years early to display his skills at the next level.
It didn’t take him long to adjust to the college game. He was the only junior college player named to this year’s Golden Spikes Award Watch List.
Harper primarily plays catcher, but can play third and short. He’s also been clocked at 96 mph as a pitcher. During the 2009 International Power Showcase, Harper hit a 502-foot home run, believed to be the record for longest homer ever at Tropicana Field. All this as a high school sophomore.
You may not have heard about him, but pro scouts have. Harper has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, been the subject of an ESPN story and a YouTube sensation. He is also projected to be a 1st round draft pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. These things will happen if you’re hitting 500-foot bombs as a 15-year old freshman.
Harper is a baseball prodigy. I’m guessing it’s safe to say that nobody has ever displayed so much talent and potential at such a young age. Simply put, this is nothing short of amazing.
Stay tuned because the story of Bryce Harper may be just beginning.
Written by C. James