Regardless of where it might be, Bryce Harper is set to get paid very handsomely at the end of the season.
Harper, who can hit the free agency market at the conclusion of this season, is off to a blazing-hot start. Through the first 10 games of the season, Harper leads the majors in home runs with 6, walks with 16 and is tied for the league-lead in runs scored with 11.
To go along with all of that, he has 12 RBIs (tied second in the majors) and an impressive slash line of .345/.553/.966. He also has an OPS of 1.519. To put that into perspective, Harper is now the sole leader in OPS for the month of April, with a minimum of 500 at-bats. That’s better than Babe Ruth.
Not only does he lead the way in free passes (was walked three times on Monday in a 2-0 Nationals win over Atlanta), but he has struck out only five times. Harper is taking a more patient approach at the plate and he is locked in, which is not good for opposing pitchers.
Getting off to a hot start is not foreign to Harper, as he usually kicks off the opening month of the season like he has this season. However, it’s not about how you start a season, but rather how you finish one.
Injuries have played a big part in Harper’s young career thus far and poor showing in October have been the exact opposite of what the Nationals need, as they’ve never gotten past the National League Divisional Series. Injuries have been detrimental to Harper in the past, but if he can avoid the injury bug and disabled list, there is no reason he can’t continue to ascend to the highs of the baseball world.
What is an even scarier notion than the hot start he is off to, is the fact that Harper is only 25-years old. He is entering the peak of his athletic prime and is kicking off the 2018 campaign with a bang.
Whether or not Harper remains in Washington D.C. after this season is something we won’t know for some time. In the meantime, we can just enjoy one of the game’s best players continue to do what he does best and that’s smash baseballs, get on base and score runs.