Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is looking better with each game.
Harper missed time due to a thumb injury early in the season and struggled at the plate in the weeks after his return. While he is hitting for just a .257 batting average on the year, he is playing much better in the last month. Harper is bouncing back as we speak.
In the last 30 days, Harper is hitting .274 with 26 hits and 15 runs. The young star outfielder has a lot to live up to in Washington and the media is quick to jump on him when he is not performing well. Expectations are always high for Harper. His struggles at the plate are well documented and he has been seen to be experimenting with a variety of batting stances over the last few weeks.
Harper must stick to what he is doing now. He is finding ways to work counts and get on base, having raised his OPS to .790 in the last 30 days. Harper has a tendency to strikeout on average more than his fellow Nationals, but has looked more comfortable at the plate in recent games. A two-time All-Star, he is having the worst of his three MLB seasons. But, with just under two months left in the regular season, Harper has enough time left to turn his 2014 season around.
The Nationals need him to stay healthy and to continue his upward offensive trend going into the final stretch of the season.