Bryce Harper has arrived

Bryce HarperBryce Harper, whom this scribe shall now christen "Teenage Thunder," authored his finest game to date in Wednesday night's heart-pumping win over the Diamondbacks.

The 19-year-old supernova went 3-for-4 on the night, banged a pair of doubles off the distant outfield walls (missing, by inches, his first two career home runs), caught a ball barehanded, and set the table for Ian Desmond's walk-off blast in the ninth. Thanks in large part to Harper's sweeping efforts, the Nationals have snapped their five-game losing streak.

Harper on the season is now hitting a healthy .385/.400/.615 in 15 plate appearances. The sample size, of course, is vanishingly small, but if you've watched Harper since his arrival, then you've surely noticed the unassailable nature of his physical gifts. You can watch him, not have any idea of his numbers or back-story, and see that he's a rare talent. On Wednesday night, so much of what makes him a future star was on display.

Is there a more exciting player in baseball right now than Teenage Thunder? That the question can even be asked this quickly is an answer all its own.

If you haven't done so yet, watch Bryce Harper play baseball. 


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CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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