Player Profile: Bryce Harper
Did Nolasco think that Bryce hammering the first hanging curveball in the middle of the plate was a fluke?
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. As of 6.14.2013, the CC13E is available on JustBats.com. 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.
Under Armour Spine Low (If Bryce is wearing Spines he’s probably wearing these)
You can see Bryce’s custom hybrid cleats in the photo below. Look closely, they are metal in the front and molded in the back. Truly innovative. The reason we have seen more guys going to molded lately is that molded are easy on the knees. The 162 game grind is no joke and metals are now considered to do more harm than good for some guys. With his hybrids, Bryce is probably trying to get the best of both worlds.
Below you can see that Bryce has been mixing in the Natural IIs with the Spine-like bottoms as well. This combo version is not available online, but the Natural II’s are at the above links.
All of his cleats have his new trademark on the tongue—name another athlete that can say that at 20 years old…
Under Armour Cam Highlight Training Shoe in an exclusive Red/Black colorway
You can get pretty close to these at the link above.
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)
This is officially crossing the line into full on creep-status, but we did see this on his Twitter:
Those are the Vans SK8-HI in black, available online.
Marucci H Web (This link will be live until Thursday at 6pm CST)
Marucci is doing a presale of their gloves at this very moment until this Thursday (Sept. 5). Otherwise, the gloves could possibly be regularly available by 10.1.13.
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.
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