Bryce Harper has an MVP Look in Grapefruit League Play
It might only be Spring Training, but Bryce Harper has that MVP look.
The 2015 MVP won the award hitting at just 23-years old, hitting .330 while leading the NL in home runs with 42 and adding 99 RBI.
The Phillies right fielder is off to an amazing start this spring, hitting .385 with three homers, 11 RBI and has even added three steals in just six Grapefruit League games.
"He's got a plan everyday," Phillies manager Joe Girardi explained to Phillies.com. "That's one thing that we talk to the players, have a plan everyday. What are you going to do to get better everyday. I think that's something for Bryce comes natural. He understands what he needs to do and he just goes and does it."
It was his hustle and play during Saturday's game against the Red Sox that has give Harper that MVP look. The 27-year old went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases, on back-to-back pitches stealing both second and third base.
"The big key is, you don't want guys to get bored, peak to early," Girardi continued. "You try to manage his work load the rest of the way, but he's in a good spot right now."
Harper's hustle in spring games has him looking like he is ready to take a big step in 2020.
While the Phillies season didn't go as planned in 2019, Harper still had a solid season. He hit .260 with 35 homer, 114 RBI and 15 stolen bases and 98 runs scored across 682 plate appearances. If he can added to his batting average, and the team can win some more games, Harper could be in the MVP conversation in 2020.