Bryce Harper- The 21 and Under Club

By Allie Kessel on July 16, 2013

Hitting eight home runs and advancing to the second round of the competition last night at the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field, 20-year-old Bryce Harper is currently one of the young stars to look out for.

Harper and Trout dominated last year’s festivities in Kansas City, Mo., on their way to winning National League and American League rookie of the year, respectively. They’ve made their case with fans, who voted both into All-Star starting spots this year, according to USA Today.

Also making a splash last night was Harper’s brother and father, both of whom attended the Home Run Derby in support of Harper. Harper Sr. even took it upon himself to throw crowd-pleasing, nasty cutter fastballs to his son awaiting the ball at home plate.

‘”I wouldn’t trade it for nothing,” Harper Sr. told the Washington Post. ”It’s a dream come true.”‘

Harper, who had the opportunity to experience a special moment with his father and fans last night, came in second behind Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

‘”What a great competitor he is,”‘ Harper told the Washington Post.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, my alliance remains with Mike Trout, who the media is often comparing to the Washington National’s outfielder. However, with Harper as the youngest major league player to hit two home runs in the first game of the season, I have come to admire and respect Harper as I’ve grown accustomed to Washington sports and its prized athletes.

I’m looking forward to seeing what more Harper can bring to the plate this season as the Nationals proudly flaunt their 20-year-old superstar.

I'm a broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. I'm currently pursuing a career in sports journalism and am president of the Association for Women in Sports Media student chapter at Maryland.

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