From the JUCO World Series to MLB HR Derby Champ

From the JUCO World Series to MLB HR Derby Champ

On Monday June 16th, 2018, Bryce Harper won the 2018 MLB All-Star Homerun Derby. Harper had to battle Cub's Kyle Schwarber who smashed 18 homers in the final round. Harper had the support of his father who was throwing to him and the hometown crowd, and he did not disappoint.

Harper was able to crush 19 homeruns, nine came in a span of 30 seconds to take home the trophy. After it was over, Harper mentioned that having his family there and his father pitching to him is what really made the difference.

The Washington Nationals selected Harper No. 1 overall back in the 2010 draft. But, before that Harper was slugging away in Grand Junction.

Harper led No. 2 College of Southern Nevada to the JUCO World Series, where he had a solid tournament. He played in four games, ending with a .441 batting average in 13 at bats. When the Coyotes took on the No. 5 Iowa Western Reivers for the first time of the tournament, Bryce cranked two homeruns and drove in eight to help beat IWCC 12-7.

No. 2 Southern Nevada would get eliminated after back to back losses from No. 1 San Jacinto and a revenge match against Iowa Western.

A solid assumption to why the Coyotes lost those games is because 17-year-old Harper got ejected in the middle of the San Jacinto game. Harper struck out looking in the fifth inning. Unhappy with the call, Harper drew a line in the dirt where he believed the ball crossed.

He was immediately tossed.

Normally an ejection would mean a one-game suspension, but Harper was ejected earlier in the season so his college career came to an abrupt halt. However, the next week Harper went No. 1 overall and the Reivers would go on to win the tournament.

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