Bryce Harper Will Be The Youngest 50 Home Run Hitter In MLB History

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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Bryce Harper

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.

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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

  • Bob Long

    Bryce Harper may be extremely good, but he isn’t fit to carry the jock straps of Mantle or Mays!

    • Randy

      Very unfair comment. HE IS TWENTY YEARS OLD! See if your comment holds water when Bryce is 35. He appears to be the real deal. The boy play ball like nobdy since the great Pete Rose. Very refreshing approach to the game.

  • weldman

    I live in Vegas and helped coach my sons team. I personally had the oppotunity to watch this young man play. You could tell right away his talent and hitting power. Watched him many a time lace a ball staight outta the park with a wood bat. His throwing ability and raw talent was a treat to watch. I watched him hit a ball so hard thru the infield against my sons highschool team there was absolutely no way to react to it beause it was hit so hard. I dont think the infielders saw the ball go thru in the first place.
    A true talent with a work ethic too. You can tell he has a great eye for the ball Watch where his eyes and head are at when hes swinging. Total concentration on the ball.

  • Douglas Bath

    you seem to have completely overlooked the player who was 23 when he hit 50 home runs. I’ll give a hint… he played for Milwaukee.

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