Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 26 Bryce Harper

By Zach Morrison
Bryce Harper
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Despite a very disappointing season from the Washington Nationals as a team, their young, stud outfielder didn’t disappoint. Bryce Harper had his best season as an MLB outfielder in 2013, even though he played in only 118 games on the season.

Even though the Nationals missed the postseason in 2013 when some people, including myself, thought they would win the World Series, fans of the team can still sleep well at night knowing they have two of the top young players in baseball, Harper and Stephen Strasburg. I don’t think the Nationals will have to worry about missing the playoffs many more times in the next 10 years, anyway; not with that young nucleus of talent.

In 2013, Harper hit for a .274/.368/.486 with 20 home runs and 11 stolen bases. Harper’s has rare athleticism and an even more rare passion for the game of baseball. You won’t ever have to worry about Harper “dogging it” on a particular play; he gives maximum effort at all times, almost to a fault. Harper has been criticized a few times from media and fans about giving too much effort, basically. Fans don’t want to see Harper put his body at risk, but I say go ahead. It’s actually refreshing to see a young player come into the league and not take everything for granted. It’s nice to see a player respect the game of baseball and try his hardest at all times.

With his outstanding talent, both offensively and defensively, Harper is going to be one of the game’s best players for many years to come. For a player with his talent and determination to constantly get better, it is almost scary to think about how good this kid could eventually be.

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