For the Washington Nationals, the prodigal son has emerged.
The Nationals drafted Bryce Harper just over a year ago. He went through fall ball, then the offseason and spring training, and in his first season in the Nationals organization he has graduated from Single-A to Double-A before the All-Star break.
He is not exactly wallowing in the mire, but the 18-year-old is still roaming in the minors.
The Nationals organization and their fans will keep a keen eye on Harper and see how he progresses while in Harrisburg playing Double-A for the Senators during the second half of the season.
In his brief stint in Hagerstown in Single-A, he succeeded with ease, batting .318 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
Hopes are so high for Harper, the golden child. But, like in life, not all of our days can be grounded in hope and expectancy. There must also be a realistic expectancy of reality and how harsh it can be.
Let’s look at seven bold predictions for the phenom’s MLB career.