Five Bold Predictions for the 2015 Washington Nationals

4. Bryce Harper will finish top-five in the NL MVP voting.

Since his Rookie of the Year season in 2012, Harper has not managed to play a full season without getting injured. With the ferocity which he plays the game of baseball, there is always a sprained shoulder or pulled hamstring looming in the distance, but I believe Harper will realize this year he is more valuable to his team on the field than on the training table and tone down his act just a bit.

When watching Harper play, it is difficult to forget that he is barely past his 22nd birthday. Four years deep into his Major League career, Harper has not been able to live up to the ridiculously high expectations that have been laid at his feet since he was a teenager. As a 19-year old, he hit 22 Major League home runs. The sky is still the limit for Harper, especially as he grows into his 6’3″ frame, adding muscle every year. If he stays healthy and plays at least 145 games, I believe Harper will hit close to .300, have his first 30 home run and 100 RBI seasons, and steal close to 20 bases. If those numbers are not good enough for a top-five MVP finish, than all Harper can do is tip his hat to the men above him.

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