Originally Posted by Requiem
Well, Bryce is 20 and Mike is 20.
What is hurting Harper now is the fact that most of his minor league batting experience came from the A level where his numbers weren't even all that great (good, but not awesome), and he was boosted up to AA/AAA and only had 200 at bats between the two classes combined.
He went from cake pitching in A where he did well and was average in AA/AAA against MLB quality talent. He is surpassing expectations already in the majors because his splits are better than last seasons' minor league play. He is undoubtedly going to be a great player, but as of right now, he isn't even close to Trout.
Harper is hurting? That's a bunch of nonsense.
Who cares if Harper struggled in Double-A and Triple-A when his .850 OPS in the majors only trails Mel Ott (.921) and Tony Conigliaro (.883) among all-time 19-year-olds? He's arguably the best 19-year-old since 1964.
Harper also ranks ahead of 19-year-olds such as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Ken Griffey Jr.
Yes, this is his age 19 season because doesn't turn 20 until October.
BTW, Griffey, Jr. went to straight to the majors in 1989 as a 19-year-old without playing in Double-A and Triple-A. That jump didn't hurt him. When you're an elite, once-in-a-generation talent taken with the first overall pick, the rules of player development that apply to everybody else don't apply to you.
Harper is a special player who is blazing his own trail. Even ARod who came up at 18 didn't hit as a 19-year-old.