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Bryce Harper (and Archie Gilbert) named players of the week

Bryce Harper, in what must have been an easy vote for whomever votes on these awards, won the South Atlantic League player of the week award, announced today. In six games, Harper went 12 for 24 with one home run, four doubles and five walks.

Harper, 18, continued a tear that began roughly when he received new contact lenses and his now hitting .371/.460/.701 in 28 games this season at Class A Hagerstown. Harper, perhaps owing to his enhanced vision, has recently cut down on his strikeouts. After he whiffed 17 times in his first 59 at-bats, Harper has struck out five times in his last 38 at-bats.

Harper was not alone in the Nationals’ minor league system winning a weekly award. Class AA outfielder Archie Gilbert, 27, was named the Eastern League player of the week after going 8 for 23 with five homers, three walks and two steals. Over the weekend, Gilbert drilled two homers in consecutive games.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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