Player Profile: Bryce Harper
Did Nolasco think that Bryce hammering the first hanging curveball in the middle of the plate was a fluke?
Marucci Custom CU7 Maple (unavailable, other Marucci cuts available)
Bryce is swinging a Marucci CU7 as you can see in the photo above. You might be curious as to where the “CU7″ comes from. According to our source, the CU7 stems from Chase Utley’s many customizations with Marucci: “Utley and Harper are close. Chase often gives him bats and sometimes Bryce request bats with Chase’s name on them.”
The bat seen in the feature is from last season, and the “SHRH” are his parents’ initials. The measurements of that bat were 33.5 inch/31.2 ounce. As for this year’s bat above, you can see the rosin/pine tar combo as Bryce opted to leave this bat’s handle untaped. Bryce also swung some Chandler in spring, though it is yet to be seen whether he’ll bring the gold “C” out in a regular season game.
The bats seen in the photo above are the DTM7E and the CC13E, both maple with 24k gold trademarking. Custom Chandler bats are available online through Chandler’s twitter.
All we can really say about these is that they look reminiscent of the Under Armour Natural II’s that Bryce wore last year with the number underneath the UA logo and similar strap (see his aways in the Chandler pic above). If anyone has anything to add, let us know.
The great news is that Harper’s unique-looking cleats are available online. The bad news is that Bryce hides them under his pants. I really can’t stress enough how badly I want this look out of baseball. You get a shoe deal, SHOW IT OFF! If I was a shoe company I wouldn’t let my guys wear pants lower than the ankle.
What’s really interesting to me, and what we’ve seen a lot of, is that Bryce wears molded cleats (below). Why so many pros are going this route I do not know, but its worth looking into. Unfortunately, the Spine Highlight is not available to us as a molded cleat.
Headphones (Why not?)
Beats by Dre Pro in Red
Also in that pic, he’s wearing what looks like some classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers, also available online.
Casual Shoes (Too far?)
I’m sure Bryce has a closet full of kicks, but we did see this on his Twitter:
Those are the Vans SK8-HI in black, available online.
Akadema Apache ABH-1034 (available with Bryce’s red-lacing customization and standard black lacing) and Pro Precision AMR-34 (grey is available via the Akadema custom builder, but the color looks lighter than Bryce’s)
Our Bryce Harper glove update for 2013 features our first possible instance of knowing what a player will be wearing before he wears it.
We spoke with Akadema this week and the AMR-34 model you see in the feature is what Bryce has requested from Akadema. We were told that Akadema is currently breaking the glove in for Bryce, which is traditionally what they’ve done. Meanwhile, Bryce has been wearing two different Apache Series model ABH1034s. One is grey and you can see a nice photo of it in the hitting portion of Harper’s profile. The more recent Apache has been the black one:
Here’s a very nice “Making of” video of the Akadema Patriot Series USA134H, a glove that Bryce never wore (not that we saw), but still worth a look.
Oakley Radar Pitch Straight Stem (available via Oakley’s custom builder with the specs below)
Frame: Pearl White (Straight Stem)
Lens: Fire Iridium Pitch
Bryce looks like he’s going with a much more understated approach this year, losing the Phiten necklace and the bad haircut in favor of a classier look. His sunglasses follow suit, going with some pretty standard Radars that you see above. However, we did see him in a flashier set in spring, the Under Armour Phenom in white, seen here:
We like these better—and they’re available online.
Check out our other Bryce posts: