Bryce Harper bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Net worth, Facts
Who is Bryce Harper?
One of the American professional baseball players for Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball is Bryce Aron Max Harper who is famous as Bryce Harper. He plays as the right fielder. He was selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award.
In the Early Life of Bryce Harper
Bryce Aaron Maz Harper was born on 16th October 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Ron and Sheri Harper. He has an older brother named Bryan. He studied at Las Vegas High School, and in October 2009, he earned his General Educational Development (GED). This made him eligible for the June 2010 amateur draft, which would allow him to begin his professional career in baseball.
In 2010, Harper enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada of the Scenic West Athletic Conference. He made an impression by shattering the school’s previous record of 12 home runs by hitting 31. He was, therefore, named the SWAC Player of the Year. In the West district finals of the 2010 NJCAA World Series, he performed well, scoring 6-for-7 with 5 RBIs and hit for the cycle. On 2nd June, he was ejected from a National Junior College World Series Game, after a third strike was called by home plate umpire Don Gilmore.
As it was his second ejection of the year, it resulted in a two-game suspension for him. This put an end to his amateur career. However, due to his competence and capability, he won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award.
In the career of Bryce Harper
Fig: Bryce Harper as professional baseball player
In the 2010 MLB Draft, Bryce Harper was drafted by the Washington Nationals as the number one pick. They eventually agreed to a $ 9.9 million contract worth 5 years. He was next selected to take part in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions. This made him the second youngest player in the history of the league. He batted .343 and slugged .729 and led the Scorpions to a victory in the 2010 Arizona Fall League Championship.
He next played in the South Atlantic Minor League, for the team Hagerstown Suns. He hit .480, collected 7 home runs, and achieved 10 doubles and 23 RBIs. As his popularity grew, he was also selected to represent the United States in 2011 All-Star Game weekend. He made his MLB debut with the Washington Nationals in 2012, in a match against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His performance was quite appreciated, and he was named the National League Rookie of the Month in May. He continued to perform well throughout the rest of the season and was named the National League Rookie of the Year.
During the opening day of the 2013 season, he hit two home runs in a game against the Miami Marlins. At the age of 20, he became the youngest major league player to have hit two home runs in his team’s first game of the season. After he hit 13 home runs in just 58 games, he was also selected to take part in the 2013 Home Run Derby. He played 118 games in the entire season in which he hit .274/.368/.486 with 20 Home Runs, .58 RBI and 47 XBH. He successfully underwent left knee surgery during the off-season, in order to remove a bursa sac.
Though his performance in the 2016 season was also praiseworthy, he was ejected after he yelled at Brian Knight when his teammate Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes. He received a suspension for one game and a fine. He played in 147 games in the season, and finished with a .243 batting average with 24 home runs and 86 RBI. During the 2017 season, he hit a home run at PNC Park, setting a record for hitting a home run in all 15 National League ballparks in his career.
How much is the net worth of Bryce Harper?
Fig: Bryce Harper with Jaguar
There were speculations in 2017 that the baseball right fielder may be able to hit the half a billion mark as regards his contract or at least, $400 million when he becomes a free agent. It was also speculated that if he is able to get a 15-year contract, considering that 2018 would only see him at 25 years old, in a range between $35 million to $40 million each year, he may make it to $600 million.
If the deal is achieved, that will help him become the highest paid player in MLB history. For now, however, he has a net worth that is placed at over $13 million. This is as he gets an annual salary of $13.62 million in 2018. Apart from his games, he has made money from others engagements including his endorsement deals. He bought a $2.7 million home in a community in Nevada in 2016. The two-story house is just another of the luxurious properties owned by the outfielder.
In the Personal Life of Bryce Harper
Fig: Bryce Harper with his wife Kayla Varner
Bryce Harper is married to Kayla Varner. The two got married in 2016 after dating since 2012 as high school lovers. While Varner is the only woman to whom the baseball player has been linked, their relationship did not seem to move as planned as they first engaged in 2014, because they first got engaged in 2014, with the hopes that they would be man and wife by 2015. Nevertheless, they called off the engagement before getting engaged again. This time around it led to the tying of the knot on December 16, 2016.
Interestingly enough, Kayla Varner who was also born in 1992 like Harper is just like her husband, a sportsperson. She played soccer in both her high school days and in her university. Apart from that, she also has many other things in common with Bryce. For example, the two are members of the Mormon Church and it was in the San Diego Mormon Temple that they exchanged their vows.
Facts of Bryce Harper
Harper is a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL. He dropped the puck before a game in their inaugural season and put the Golden Knights' logo on his bat during their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018.
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