Bryce Harper named NL Rookie of the Month for second time this season


Patrick McDermott / Getty Images

Bryce Harper added another distinction to his ridiculous rookie season, earning his second National League rookie of the month honor for his hot-hitting September and building his candidacy for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award. The 19-year-old also earned the award in May, his first full month in the majors, and became the first rookie in franchise history to win the award twice.

Harper entered September hitting .254 and showing signs of breaking out of a slump that he suffered through this summer. Then, he went on a tear, hitting .330 (35 for 106) with a .398 on-base percentage and 1.049 OPS for September. He was a catalyst atop the National lineup, drawing 11 walks and hitting seven home runs.

Harper led the majors with 26 runs scores in 28 games in September. His .651 slugging percentage was second in the majors. He lead NL rookie in home runs (seven) and hits (35) for the month.

Harper has 22 home runs of the season, two away from tying Tony Conigliaro’s record for most home runs in a season by a teenager. And he sits at 97 runs scored on the season, 14th most in the majors, despite not being called up until late April. Harper joins Nomar Garciaparra (Boston in 1997) as the only rookies in the modern era to notch at least 90 runs, nine triples, 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases. 

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

sports

nationals-journal

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
James Wagner · October 2, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.