It took Bryce Harper 15 games in 2012 to get his first big league home run. On Opening Day 2013, it took him about 15 minutes.
The Washington Nationals superstar wasted no time lighting up the stat sheet on Opening Day, launching a towering home run to right field on his first at bat of the 2013 campaign, then hitting one even farther on his second. Both were solo shots and Harper finished the game having gone 2-for-4, his two long balls proving the difference on the scoreboard as the Nationals won 2 – 0.
In other words, Harper hasn’t missed a step.
With a single swing of the bat in the first inning, Harper gave a sigh of relief to the millions of fantasy baseball owners who reached for him in drafts this year. With another swing in the fourth, he effectively silenced all whispers of a sophomore slump.
Harper’s performance today should shout promise for all those who have drafted him or are looking to still draft the young superstar. The 20-year old’s quick and fluid swing has about as much power potential as any player to ever step in a batter’s box, and he flashed it not once, but twice today.
It is only one game, though, and aside from Harper, the Nationals lineup managed only three hits in what was actually a pretty bad offensive performance for the team. Regardless, if Harper can use this spark to ignite a hot stretch, we could see those gaudy 2013 projections come to fruition — and then some.