Bryce AHarper is a 25-year-old (born October 16, 1992) American professional baseball right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. In 2010, Harper was chosen by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player. Going into the 2012 season, baseball prospect-watchers, including Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus routinely ranked Harper as a top-3 prospect. He made his MLB debut with the Nationals on April 28, 2012. Harper was selected for the 2012 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest position player to ever be selected.
Harper won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2012. He tied for the NL lead in home runs in the 2015 Major League Baseball season and was named the National League Most Valuable Player for 2015 by unanimous decision of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
He has been touted as a “five-tool player”.
Bryce Harper Net Worth 2017: $10 Million
While Bryce Harper is currently worth approximately $10 million, his next MLB contract is expected to command over $400 million, making him the highest paid player in MLB history.
For the 2010 college season, 17-year-old Harper enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), where he would play catcher.
He was named the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year and also won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award.
Harper was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft, making Harper the second consecutive number one overall pick of the Major League Baseball Draft taken by the Nationals, as they took Stephen Strasburg in 2009.
Harper and the Nationals agreed to a 5-year contract worth $9.9 million, including a $6.25 million signing bonus, and eight semesters of college tuition.
On August 26, 2010, Harper was introduced by the Nationals.
In 2012, Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year.
During the 2013 off-season, Harper successfully underwent left knee surgery to remove a bursa sac.
In 100 games of 2014, Harper batted .273 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI.
On April 18, 2015, Harper hit the longest home run of his professional career with a 461-foot home run to center field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Baseball America named Bryce the 2015 player of the year.
On October 31, Harper was named the National League winner of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award. On November 19, Harper was selected as the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player by unanimous decision. With his MVP win, Harper became the youngest player to unanimously win the MVP at age 23.
Also in 2015, ESPN chose him as their 2015 MLB Person of the Year.
On April 14, 2016, Harper hit his first career grand slam for his 100th career home run in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
On May 13, 2017, Harper and the Nationals avoided arbitration in 2018 by agreeing to a one-year, $21.625-million contract.
Harper was the top overall vote-getter for the National League to start in the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and received the most votes of any one player overall.