For those of you who haven't followed Harper and the Nationals closely, you should know this: Harper can get on base.
Harper leads the team with a .283 batting average, and his ability to hit any pitch has really helped the team. He is a threat on the basepaths, as he is 8-for-11 when stealing bases.
Harper is fast and can really connect when he hits the ball. The teenager has eight home runs and 25 RBI, including one walk-off single against the Mets.
Just yesterday, Harper helped the Nationals rally to beat the Giants.
The Nationals trailed 5-4 and had runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth. Harper came to bat against San Francisco Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla. Casilla threw an outside fastball, and Harper got good wood on the ball. He tied the game with an RBI single.
Later in the inning, Harper scored the game-winning run.
Sometimes he doesn't get hits. However, he almost always hits the ball well, and if not, he draws a walk. Harper leads the team with a .355 on-base percentage, and his 26 walks are good for third-best on the team (even though he played the first three weeks of the season in the minors).
And the scary thing is, this kid will only get better.