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Dubbed as a baseball prodigy dating back to his high school days, Bryce Harper has put together a phenomenal first two seasons of his career when you consider the fact that he played all of 2013 as a 20-year-old.
Injuries limited him to just 118 games last season, as he was hitting .287/.386/.587 with 12 home runs through May 26, and looked to be on his way to an MVP-caliber season before a left knee injury shelved him.
His game is still a work in progress at this point, but once he reaches his full potential, he is expected to contend for home run titles while still hitting .300 with plus plate discipline. His biggest issue will be avoiding injuries, as the same all-out style of play that makes him such a spark plug also makes him an injury risk.
He set out this offseason to get "as big as a house," according to ESPN.com's Anna McDonald looking to add bulk to what was already a 230-pound frame in hopes of avoiding injury and adding some more power. "Let the body heal a little bit and get as big as a house," Harper said. "That's the biggest thing I try to do. I want to go into spring training about 240, 245," he added.
Five years from now, Harper will still be just 25 years old, and he could be entering the prime of his career at that point.