When you’re called the LeBron James of baseball at age 16, that can either be a really good or really bad thing. That’s a lot of pressure on a kid who hasn’t even tasted the spotlight and incredible stress that comes with being an elite professional athlete. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Bryce Harper, who seems to have handled it all pretty well.
I mean, the kid was born and raised in Las Vegas, so bright lights were in Harper’s genes from birth and he absolutely tore up the field at LV High School and then at the College of Southern Nevada. Here’s a nugget form his amateur career: he once went 6-for-6 with four home runs, a triple and a double in an NJCAA World Series game. Oh, and did we mention he was 17 at that time?
Harper still hadn’t turned 18 when the Washington Nationals drafted him No. 1 overall in 2010. Naturally, he started in the minors, but when you hit 18 home runs in 21 Triple-A games, it doesn’t take long to get called up.
Now Harper is absolutely setting the MLB woods on fire with first-swing home runs, a bloody neck from a right-field wall collision and that absolutely awful haircut. What’s that? What do Iiii think about his terrible do? That’s a clown question, bro.