Hagerstown Suns outfielder Bryce Harper was recently named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for May 2-8.
During that time period the red hot Bryce Harper batted .500 (12 for 24) had 4 doubles, 1 home run, 4 rbis, 4 walks and an on base percentage of .571.
As of right now on the season Harper is batting .377 with 7 home runs, 11 doubles, 20 runs, 25 rbis, 16 walks and 5 stolen bases in just 30 games.
Harper made headlines on April 20th when it was announced that the then slumping Bryce Harper had been fitted for contact lenses. Prior to the announcement he had just 1 home run, a double and 7 rbis on a .235 batting average.
Do I think the contact lenses are entirely the reason for his hot hitting? No…. Harper was more than likely going to break out at some point because he is just that good but they definitely help.
The Washington Nationals have had prior success with having a player fitted for contact lenses. Ex National shortstop Cristian Guzman batted a mere .219 with a an on baser percentage of .260 in his first season with the Nationals. After having been fitted for contacts he came back to bat .328 and .316 in his next two seasons with the Nationals. So being able to see the ball better definitely helps.
Of the difference his contacts have made Harper said “I’m seeing the ball well. I’m seeing the spin and I’m seeing the strings really well. My vision is now in HD.”
As if pitchers did not already have enough reason to fear the Nationals 2010 number 1 overall pick they now have to face a Bryce Harper with what Nats general manager Mike Rizzo has said to be 20/15 vision in both eyes. So the kid who was originally compared to Mickey Mantle now has what is known as Ted Williams eyes.
So note to pitchers everywhere be afraid…. be very afraid