VIERA, Fla. — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has never faced a pitcher younger than him in his entire professional career. Not in the minors when he was on the way up as a wunderkind prospect, not in any of his three Major League seasons, and not even in rehab trips to Potomac at the Class A Advanced level in 2013 and 2014.
It may feel like Bryce Harper has been a famous baseball player forever, but Harper only turned 22 in October and was the youngest National League player to appear in at least 100 games in 2014. Though some fans, somehow, have deemed Harper a bust due to the enormous hype that preceded his big-league debut and even called for his demotion when he struggled last summer, he has among the brightest futures of anyone in the game even if he never improves upon his first…
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