2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Bryce Harper
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at the Philadelphia Phillies new outfielder Bryce Harper and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After what seemed like an endless courtship, Philadelphia made their mark in free agency landing Bryce Harper . This should be a boon to his fantasy stock as well. Not only will Harper join an already strong lineup, he moves to one of the most optimal hitting environments in baseball and remains in a division where he’s comfortable. Harper appeared in 159 games last year with 103 runs, 34 home runs, 100 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .249/.393/.496 slash line.
He struggled in the first half trying to change his launch angle for more power, which worked, but resulted in his slash line cratering to .214/.365/.468 with 23 home runs in 94 games. However, in the second half, Harper surged to a .300./434/.538 line with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and a .238 isolated power over his last 65 games. But, check out his splits versus his monster season from 2015 in which he launched 42 home runs:
Beneath the numbers past the All-Star break, Harper pulled the ball less, increased his line...