Bryce Harper Will Be The Youngest 50 Home Run Hitter In MLB History
What do Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Jimmie Foxx all have in common? They are in the record books as the youngest players in major league history to dial long distance 50 times in a season. All four players were 24 years of age at the time they accomplished the feat.
So if my math serves me correctly 20-year-old Washington Nationals phenomenon Bryce Harper has four seasons to find his swing for 50. After 19 games this season Harper has launched seven round trippers into the abyss making him on pace for approximately 56 home runs. The youngster possesses all the make-up and skill to venture into 50 home run territory if he can remain healthy.
Harper came into the league as a highly touted 19-year-old baseball saviour cruising to the Rookie of the Year honors and proving to the baseball world he was worthy of the hype. In his rookie season Harper hit .270 crushing 22 home runs in 597 plate appearances with fly ball percentage of 32.9 and an isolated power score of .206.
In the small sample of 2013 Harper is batting .366 with 7 home runs in 80 plate appearances and an increased fly ball percentage of 37.9 percent and dramatically increased isolated power rating of .352.
Harper continues to get better with every at bat playing years above his age and is a great bet to become the youngest 50 home run man in major league history. The 5-tool outfielder is still not even old enough to purchase alcohol in the Unites States but can dominate on a diamond like no other.
Regardless if he ever hits 50, Harper will be heavily leaned upon for years to come to provide a perennial winner in Washington and bring a World Series championship to the Federal City.