The Washington Nationals have a bright future, and one that could lead to multiple world series titles. Bryce Harper IS going to be a part of that, but right now Harper is looking a little overmatched at the plate. The Nationals brought him up on Saturday when they lost Ryan Zimmerman to an injury, and even though Harper has been a freak in the field, his bat hasn’t transitioned just yet.
Look, the kid is 19 years old and it’s going to take time for him to adjust to the best pitchers in the world. Harper is freakishly talented, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to just walk into a big league park and mash. He’s NEVER seen any failure on the baseball field, and his raw tools just overpowered everyone up until this point. Watching him hit the other night really made me decide: he’s not ready- and there is nothing wrong with that. He’s going to have to make adjustments to big league pitchers as scouting reports are going to spread like wild fire, and that’s what looks like has already happened.
I’m excited to watch Harper play as a baseball fan. He plays the game the right way. He might be a little arrogant (who wouldn’t be?), and he might have a terrible haircut, but he runs everything out, and seems to enjoy playing the game. That’s all that matters really. I wouldn’t really be concerned that he hasn’t hit yet, as I’ve said- it’s going to take some time. When he figures it out? He’s going to be the monster we all expect him to be. Just be patient.