Records are made to be broken. When it comes to Bryce Harper — a 25-year-old six-time All-Star OF who is likely to receive the most lucrative contract in baseball history — reaching this landmark is only a matter of time.
Ever since Bryce Harper debuted in the Majors at age 19, he’s largely lived up to the hype he generated as a prospect. (SI called him “Baseball’s LeBron” in 2009). Even after a big debut season — he won Rookie of the Year in 2012, handily — Bryce has kept improving. That year, Bryce hit 22 home runs while driving in 59 RBIs (with a .340 OBP, no less) after being called up from the minor leagues in May. He played a major part in helping the Nationals clinch their first NL East division title. When the Nats got eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLDS, fans and scouts already knew the sky was the limit — they dubbed Harper as their future superstar on the rise. He continued his amazing start with a monumental performance in his fourth year as a big-league outfielder.