Congratulations to Washington Nationals rookie phenom, Bryce Harper. He has been named the National League Rookie of the Year.
Harper started the first month in the Nationals minor league system, but was recalled to Washington on April 28, 2002. Harper was significant fuel to the Nationals offense, helping to surge the Nationals to their first ever National League East Division Championship, first ever playoff berth, and best ever record in franchise history.
in 139 games and 533 plate appearances, Harper batted .270 with 26 doubles, 9 triples, and 22 home runs. The 19 year-old scored 88 runs while driving in 59 runs.
Harper is the second youngest player to win the award by one month, second only to former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden. Harper's .330 batting average and 7 home runs in the season's final month helped the Nationals fend off the Atlanta Braves for their first ever division championship and secure the best record in Major League Baseball.