Bryce Aron Max Harper (October 16, 1992 - ) was the 2009 Baseball America Player of the Year, won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award as the "best amateur baseball player" and was named the 2010 Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year. Bryce earned All-American honors as young as 12 years old and soon became the most sought after amateur baseball player. In 2009, Harper won the Babe Ruth Award by hitting the longest home run in the International Power Showcase High School Home Run Derby as he blasted a 502 ft. shot in Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field. The Washington National selected Bryce with the #1 overall pick of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft and he batted .297 with 17 home runs in 63 minor league games in 2011. Bryce Harper is the most media covered minor league player of his generation, followed closely by teammate and fellow #1 pick Stephen Strasburg. Bryce is considered a five-tool player with speed, fielding prowess, a strong throwing arm and the ability to hit for both average and power. All of those assets were on display during Harper’s first year in the Major Leagues when he batted .270 with 144 hits including 22 home runs and stole 18 bases while also posting a .976 fielding percentage with 17 outfield assists to earn the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year. That same year, he was selected to his first All-Star Game where he became a finalist in the 2013 Home Run Derby. Harper has been one of the most formative outfielders in the National League since entering the big leagues.
Approximate Value: $2500