Bryce Harper Will Be Crowned NL MVP In 2015

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Bryce Harper

Disclaimer: Before the Bryce Harper hate-train jumps all over me, I just wanted to set the record straight that I am not a Washington Nationals fan or a Harper homer. Just voicing my opinion that 2015 will be the year Harper finally puts it all together.

Bryce Harper is arguably one of the most talented and scrutinized ball players in the majors. The 22-year old was just voted by his peers as the “Most Overrated Man in Baseball” wracking up 41% of the votes. The flamboyant Yasiel Puig was the next closest with 15% of the votes. The same poll also saw 30% of the voters tab Harper’s team as the 2015 World Series Champions.

Harper has been maligned with injuries over the past couple of seasons and has yet to duplicate or build on in his Rookie of the Year campaign. The young outfielder only appeared in 100 games last season for the Nationals and 118 the season before.

Nationals Manager Matt Williams who has publicly criticized Harper for his lack of hustle openly stated Harper would be relied upon more offensively this season. “It’s safe to say he’ll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup.” The bump in the order should present Harper an opportunity to hit with runners in scoring position more frequently and see more at bats.

The baseball world often forgets that Harper will have 4 MLB seasons under his belt before he turns 23 in October. The young man is maturing daily, learning what it takes to be a major leaguer and how to deal with the rigors of a 162 game season.

The outspoken 22-year old came into camp with a chip on his shoulder putting the league on blast that the Nationals were coming and “he was excited to get going this year and doing the things that I need to do to bring a title back to D.C. and hoist that trophy over the monuments.” Harper went on to say this about the Nationals pitching staff. “It’s absolutely stupid; we have the best staff in all of baseball.”

Steamer predicts Harper to hit .279 with 23 home runs, 136 wRC+ and a 4.1 WAR in 128 games this season. ZIPS has Harper pegged even lower with 22 long balls and a 3.7 WAR rating in 121 contests. I personally think Harper will eclipse these pedestrian numbers and prove why he has been all the rage since high-school.

Mark my words, this will be the year the phenom puts his money where his mouth and solidifies himself with the league greats. He will put it all together, he is too talented not to.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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