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Will Bryce Harper ever return to MVP form?

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In the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball podcast, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don discuss the Phillies outfielder and if he's being overvalued in fantasy drafts

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SCOTT PIANOWSKI: My outfield [INAUDIBLE] my first guy, it's Bryce Harper. People keep thinking, hey, MVP in 2015. 330, 460, 649. Hit 42 home runs. That's awesome. What's he done since then? We've seen a 243 season, a 249 season, a 260 season.

He's had some injuries here and there. I mean, last year he was OK, but he wasn't great. You know, doesn't really run as aggressively. I mean, I guess 15 stolen bases, you're fine. I get the idea that people draft Harper-- like he's still-- I remember when he came up.

It was going to be Trout and Harper were going to be linked for the rest of their careers. And Trout went on to be, arguably, the best player in baseball history. And Harper's a guy who is good. I don't know that he's great. He had some problems with left-handed pitching.

Occasionally, he can be a little bit too much of a daredevil in the field, and it's hurt him. I just feel like he's always a round or two overrated. I think people are still thinking of that 2015 season and see that more realistically as a possibility of something he can do again when I think he's never going to be back to that level.

DALTON DEL DON: Man, as a 21-year-old, Harper's WRC plus was 197. Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Ramirez, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays never have reached that mark in a season. But does nothing even close sets? I mean, people are just waiting for it. And now he's even in a--

Well, he's been in the nice hitters park his whole career. But I mean, yeah, when's it going to come? I mean, what do you think? Obviously we've seen the best. So do you think that Harper's ever going to have another season even approaching, you know, hall of fame type levels like that again?

SCOTT PIANOWSKI: I don't think he'll be anywhere close to an MVP the rest of his career.

DALTON DEL DON: Yeah, it's a weird-- it's weird, man.

SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Not that he's not good.


SCOTT PIANOWSKI: You just have to draft him like he's one of the, like, top 10 hitters in baseball-- top 15 hitters in baseball.

DALTON DEL DON: And he hasn't been that.

SCOTT PIANOWSKI: He got drafted in the second round.


SCOTT PIANOWSKI: I can't do that.