In the history of Major League Baseball, there have been very few players who have merited the level of hype as Bryce Harper.
There have been even fewer players who have actually lived up to those lofty expectations.
Drafted first overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft, Harper’s rapid ascent through the minors (and immediate impact at the Major League level) has little precedent. Yes, there have been plenty of players who have reached the major leagues within a few years of being a high-school draft pick, but only a few have ultimately had Hall of Fame careers.
Will Harper be the next teenage superstar to become a Hall of Famer? Only time will tell. But if his career unfolds like these five players, then we are currently witnessing the start of a legendary and tremendous big-league career.