Bryce Harper, the 19-year old top ranked baseball phenom, will make has long awaited major league debut today for the Washington Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium. Harper, the top prospect in the majors as ranked by Baseball America the last two seasons, will play left field and bat seventh. Harper was called up from Class AAA Syracuse Friday after the injury bug hit Mike Morse and Ryan Zimmerman. We caught up with Bryce before the season to talk about his experience thus far as a professional and his love of video games in this exclusive video interview.
Bryce Harper is an avid gamer and loves to play MLB 12: The Show as well as Call of Duty and Gran Turismo 5. Harper loves to play video games when he's not playing baseball. "It's either baseball of your playing video games," Harper commented. Harper loves to play with his brother Bryan and fellow Nationals' phenom Stephen Strasburg.
In a great example of fantasy meeting reality, Harper made a player simulating himself in MLB 12: The Show that has already made the majors. Now, he'll get his own chance to go to the majors in real life.
Harper was drafted first in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Nationals, after pitcher Stephen Strasburg was drafted first by the Nationals the year before. Together, Harper and Strasburg represent the bright future for the young Nationals, who finished 80-81 last season, their best since their move from Montreal. Although he was a catcher in college, the Nationals drafted Harper as an outfielder and Harper signed a 5-year contract worth $9.9 million with the Nationals. Harper was batting .250 in 72 at-bats and 20 games with one home run this year at AAA Syracuse.