Bryce Harper, the top overall pick in the 2010 draft and a cornerstone of the Nationals’ bright future, was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He finished with 112 points, 16 first-place votes, edging Arizona’s Wade Miley (105 points, 12 first-place) and Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier. He is the youngest position player to ever win the NL Rookie of the Year honor, and second-youngest player overall to win, after Dwight Gooden did in 1984.
Despite missing the first month of the season and struggling through a vicious mid-season slump, the rookie played in 139 games and finished atop many major categories among NL rookies. At 19, he was second among NL rookies with 22 home runs, fourth with 59 RBI, tops in with 98 runs scored, second with 18 stolen bases, fourth with a .817 on-base plus slugging percentage in OPS and first with nine triples.
Most every game, Harper, who turned 20 in October, found a way to affect the contest, whether with his violent, powerful swing or his strong throwing arm or non-stop motor on the base paths.