Bryce Harper: 15 Things to Love About the Washington Nationals Rookie Phenom

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Bryce Harper: 15 Things to Love About the Washington Nationals Rookie Phenom
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Bryce Harper has only played eight games since being called up by the Washington Nationals last weekend, but the high-profile rookie has already shown why there's such a big fuss being made about this 19-year-old phenom.

Three years ago Sports Illustrated introduced Harper to the world when it made the then 15-year-old high school freshman from Las Vegas its cover boy and told the world the story of a kid who was hitting 517-foot home runs, which were landing in the Mojave Desert.

Harper, who has said his immediate goal is to not repeatedly be called up to the majors and then sent back down to the minors, has made a solid case for staying on the Nationals roster by hitting .308 with five doubles, three runs batted in, a .424 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage since his arrival.

So can he live up to the hype? And can he continue this hot start? Time will tell, but I have 15 simple reasons why Harper will be the rookie to watch in 2012 and a player we all talk about for quite some time.

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