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Confidence will help Harper succeed

4/28/2012
Even if he struggles, Harper's mental toughness will help him make adjustments and learn. Kim Klement/US Presswire

It’s only fitting that Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper will make his major league debut basking in Hollywood’s shadow, because the 19-year-old’s story is cut from a movie script.

By now everyone knows his background as the baseball wunderkind who amazed YouTube viewers with Paul Bunyan-like hitting feats. As a Las Vegas-area high schooler, he graced the covers of national magazines and even graduated early and enrolled in junior college because he needed the upgrade in competition. He hits tape-measure home runs, throws in the mid-90s and runs like a gazelle.

And he unveils it all at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.