Bryce Harper is only a 16-years-old Las Vegas kid, but he plays baseball like he is already been a pro big leaguer for years.
The phenomenal Las Vegas High School sophomore baseball player catches, pitches, hits monster home runs and turns baseball diamonds into his own playground. His versatility of playing anywhere on the baseball field is what sets him apart from other players.
Harper hit .626 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs this past season. Forty-five of his 72 hits went for extra base. He also stole 36 bases.
And the home runs we’re talking about are of the towering 570-foot variety- and that started when he was just 15. He doesn’t just throw at 96 mph, but has a killer curve ball and change-up as well.
Harper is a one-man baseball team.
While he is only 16, he’s projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 pro baseball draft, the first year he’ll be eligible.
Harper announced that he has registeredat the College of Southern Nevada, where he plans to plans to play next season and get his GED to speed the pro baseball draft eligibility.
Now the whole world will learn what Southern Nevadans already know. Harper is on the cover of the June 8 edition of Sports Illustrated. Next to the picture of Harper taking a swing are the words “Chosen One.” In slightly smaller print, the magazine proclaims Harper “The Most Exciting Prodigy Since LeBron (James of the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team).
Major league baseball teams from all around the country send so many scouts to the Las Vegas High School Wildcat games that, at times, it looks like a convention.
Responding to this mounting recognition, Harper just takes it in his daily stride, calmly saying, “I just need to get better.”