Bryce Harper and the Most Ballyhooed Superstar Beginnings in MLB History

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Bryce Harper and the Most Ballyhooed Superstar Beginnings in MLB History
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The hype surrounding Bryce Harper has been absolutely immense, and it has been mentioned that Harper may be the best hitting prospect in baseball history.

Harper has already reached the major leagues at age 19 and has shown that he is more than capable of competing with the best players in baseball. Through Harper's first 23 games, he has posted a .264/.343/.471 triple-slash line. He also has two home runs and nine RBI, impressive numbers for a 19-year-old.

Expectations for Harper will remain high throughout his career. Having a solid rookie year could be the start of a potential Hall of Fame career for Harper.

To get a sense of how Harper looks in his rookie season, we can compare his performance to those of the top-15 hitters in baseball history (per Baseball-Reference's Elo Rater). The statistics will be from the year in which the players surpassed 130 career at-bats.

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