Bryce Harper named NL Rookie of the Year

Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year on Monday evening.

The 19-year-old hit .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs, and a .340 on-base percentage after being called up to the major leagues on April 28th.  Harper, who garnered 16 first-place votes and 112 points, finished just seven points ahead of Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitcher Wade Miley, who received 105 points and 12 first-place votes.

The top overall pick in the 2010 draft had one of the best years for a teenager in baseball history.  According to the Washington Times, Harper’s 22 home runs were the second most ever by a teenager, while his 98 runs scored and 18 stolen bases also ranked second all-time.

Moreover, the 20-year-old finished the season on a tear, hitting .327 with 12 home runs and 26 extra-base hits in his final 44 games.

Following the award’s announcement, Harper told the Washington Post, “This is a great award, and I’m so excited and proud of it. But my biggest thing is I want to win a World Series. I want to put that ring on my finger and give that to the town and city of D.C. They deserve that.”

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