Mega Prospect Harper Hits First Home Run

May 14, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals
Harper waves to the crowd after hitting his first career home run. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper hit his first big-league home run in the third inning Monday night against San Diego’s Tim Stauffer.

Harper who was the unquestioned first overall pick of the 2010 MLB draft at just 17 years old, hit a 2-1 pitch from the righty Stauffer beyond the center field fence for his first career blast.

The right fielder Harper, now in his 15th major league game, was given a curtain call after the no-doubter.

Entering Monday night’s contest Harper, who signed with Washington for just under $10 million two years ago, was hitting .231 on the season with three runs batted in. The pitching-heavy Nationals were forced to call up Harper after a couple of injuries to their already weak lineup.

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