Although Strasburg pitched well and along with the bullpen was able to keep the Marlins from crossing home plate, it wasn’t the main story. Bryce Harper was able to crush two bombs, the only two runs scored by the Nationals. Hitting two home runs in an opening day game is a great way to start a season.
Major League Baseball has been keeping an eye on the 20-year-old since he was drafted in the 2010 June Amateur draft first overall. He was called up permanently last season and had a tremendous season. The highly touted prospect batted .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBI and 18 stolen bases on his way to the NL Rookie of the Year award.
The Nationals outfielder seems to of kept his stride and continued his great 2012 performance into this season. He has hit two home runs, tallied a total of three RBI and scored four runs in his first three games of the season.
Harper is on pace to hit 108 home runs, 162 RBI and score 216 runs by the end of the season. Of course, those numbers are unrealistic, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the youngster hits 40 bombs and drives in over 100 runs this season.
His ability to hit and the way he puts over 100 percent into every at bat is unmatched in the National League. Being as young as he is, Harper has a bright future in the MLB. There is no doubt the outfielder will fight for awards come the end of the season and will once again be a big part of the reason the Nationals are successful in 2013.