Jun 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
Last night Bryce Harper launched a mammoth home run and then gave the leader in the clubhouse for best quote of the season, and he’s already followed that up by hitting a double this afternoon against the Blue Jays.
Midway through his 41st career game Harper is now hitting .309 with a .391 on-base percentage and .559 slugging percentage, which is good for a .950 OPS that would be the highest for a 19-year-old in baseball history.
Here’s the all-time leaderboard among 19-year-olds with at least 200 plate appearances:
Mel Ott 1928 .921 Tony Conigliaro 1964 .883 Mickey Mantle 1951 .792 Cesar Cedeno 1970 .790 Freddie Lindstrom 1925 .761 Ty Cobb 1906 .749 Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 .748
That’s quite a list.
He’ll inevitably go through a rough patch at some point and may come back down to earth a bit in general, but so far Harper has shown no signs of slowing down and in fact has hit .370 in his last 100 trips to the plate.
Right now it’s not a stretch to say that Harper is the best 19-year-old hitter of all time.
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