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08:15 AM ET 08.01 | This past July has been the toughest month of Bryce Harper's young career. Since returning from the all-star break on July 13, Harper is hitting .171 (12 for 70) in 18 games. In that span, he has managed only thee extra-base hits. Hit batting average has dropped to .258, the lowest since May 21. "I'm all over the place right now," Harper said. "So I'm trying to find some mellowness at the plate and in the box. Just trying to work at it everyday and try to take something good from every at-bat and take something good from every game." In each month since his debut, Harper's slugging has slowly trended downward. May was his best month, in which he smacked 13 extra-base hits, including four home runs.

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August 1, 2012  08:38 AM ET

A rookie is struggling a little? That's never happened before.

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August 1, 2012  08:40 AM ET

He is still making things happen.

August 1, 2012  08:42 AM ET

I'd take him in right field for the Yankees.....

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August 1, 2012  09:02 AM ET

He's got a good attitude, never stops hustling and he's 19. I wouldn't bet against him.

August 1, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Perhaps, he is not used to playing so many games?

August 1, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Someone call Bob Barker, 'cause the Bryce isn't Right.

August 1, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Maybe all that eye black is obscuring his ability to see the ball.

August 1, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Perhaps, he is not used to playing so many games?

I think you have nailed it.

August 1, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Perhaps, he is not used to playing so many games?

That could be part of it, but there's also been 100 games played this season and he's been up since April. The secret's out. Teams have the scouting reports now and know what he likes and what he struggles with. Happens to all rookies.

He plays really hard, but he doesn't always use his head. If he listens to his coaches and focuses his energy, the mental errors can be easily corrected.

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August 1, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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I'd take him in right field for the Yankees.....

That would be awesome....

August 1, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Tell that to Mike Trout.

You beat me to it.

August 1, 2012  10:47 AM ET

What's the big deal? There's a book on him now. Now he needs to learn to adjust. And I have no doubt that he will. Patience, Grasshopper...

August 1, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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Tell that to Mike Trout.

Or Todd Frazier

August 1, 2012  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

What's the big deal? There's a book on him now. Now he needs to learn to adjust. And I have no doubt that he will. Patience, Grasshopper...

Obviously all the hype surrounding him make it a big deal but its not really. I agree with you teams have a scouting report on him now......he's ultra aggressive at the plate and are pitching him accordingly.....I hope he can make the adjustment

 
August 1, 2012  01:13 PM ET

Media tries to build a guy up before he is ready all the time just like Heyward. They need to let these guys prove themselves first. And we can thank MLB and the media for him being an All Star which is really watering that accomplishment down even more than it already is.

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