Looks like Las Vegas native Bryce Harper is beginning to fulfill his destiny as Major League Baseball’s “Chosen One.” The 22-year-old is off to an MVP-caliber start to the 2015 season, fueled by a five-game hot streak from May 6-11 that saw the Washington Nationals outfielder go 11-for-20 with six home runs, nine runs scored and 14 RBIs. A further look into the crazy numbers the Las Vegas High School product produced through May 11:
Distance, in feet, of the six home runs Harper launched last week, an average of 417.3 feet.
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Harper’s age (in years and days) on May 6, when he cracked three home runs in his first three at-bats against the Miami Marlins, making him the youngest player with three homers in a game since 1969.
Harper’s average number of at-bats per home run hit this season. Mark McGwire holds the all-time record at 10.61 ABs/HR. Babe Ruth is second at 11.76.
Harper’s number of walks in his first 33 games, tied for the most in MLB. In 2014, Harper had 38 walks in 100 games, proving two things: 1) He’s become more disciplined at the plate; and 2) pitchers want little to do with him this year—understandably so.