WATCH: Washington Nationals Bryce Harper hits first HR of spring, and it’s long gone

  • David Whitlock

As the Washington Nationals are World Series favorites primarily based upon their pitching, they probably will not be able to make the leap unless they get hitting.  At the center of the fan and media focus is their outfield wunderkind Bryce Harper, who is always a lightning rod of scrutiny.  Will he hit up to his potential or continue to be plagued by injuries and slumps (career average .272, 18 HR per year).  There is no doubt that Harper has the power in his bat, and he showed that today against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, FL.  Watch him drill this Jake Buchanan pitch well over the right field wall into the woods well beyond the fence (via MLB.com)

We sometimes forget that Harper is still just 22 years old.  Will 2015 be the breakout season for Harper?

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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