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Bryce Harper’s underrated day: Three at-bats, three homers

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper


“Bryce Harper is overrated” has always been a very silly stance to take and it looks particularly silly today because the 22-year-old Nationals right fielder has hit a home run in each of his first three at-bats against the Marlins.

Harper is now hitting .268 with .419 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage on the season, including seven home runs and a league-leading 26 walks. He won’t be 23 years old until mid-October and is currently the fourth-youngest player in the National League.

He’s also the third-youngest player in National League history to hit three home runs in a game--trailing only Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott--and the youngest player in either league to homer three times in a game since 1969.

And here’s a list of all the players since 1985 with at least 1,500 plate appearances and an adjusted OPS+ of at least 120 through age 22:

Bryce Harper
Mike Trout
Miguel Cabrera
Alex Rodriguez
Ken Griffey Jr.

UPDATE: Harper failed to homer in his fourth at-bat, settling for an RBI ground out. What a bum.

First homer:

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Second homer:

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Third homer:

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