The 2018 campaign is obviously a big season for the Nationals, a team built for the postseason, with outstanding starting pitching, timely hitting and stout defense. But 2018 is also the final season Bryce Harper is under contract with the Nats. The club has been working to secure a long-term deal with one of the elite offensive stars in baseball. One part of the scenario that might help in getting Harper to consider D.C. as his permanent baseball home is the status of his older brother, Bryan Harper. Bryan Harper, a Nationals pitching prospect, underwent Tommy John surgery in November 2016, so he should be well on his way to return to full strength in 2018. Prior to his surgery, Bryan Harper had been rolling: With Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, he pitched in 40 games, logging 45 1/3 innings, striking out 41, walking only 18, and going 3-2 with a 2.18 ERA and six saves. Against lefties at the Triple-A level, the southpaw had a 1.80 ERA.