NEW YORK — After hitting .357 and slugging .571 in 28 August games, Trea Turner was named the National League rookie of the month. Turner is the third National to receive the award, joining Bryce Harper, who won it twice, and Ryan Church.
Turner leads all rookies (minimum 180 plate appearances) with a .347 average, and the 45 hits he accumulated in August were the most by a Nationals rookie ever — two shy of Daniel Murphy’s team record for Nationals of any age. His 27 runs were a franchise rookie record for one month, too. Turner has also stolen 20 bases, tied for 14th most in the majors, though he has played at least 40 — and in some cases 80 — fewer games than those ahead of him.
Over the last month and a half, Turner has cemented himself atop the Nationals order with a .367 on-base percentage and more power than most expected from him so soon. He has played in 45 games, and has at least two hits in 22 of them. He has reached base in 21 straight games. Turner will lead off against right-hander Robert Gsellman Saturday night at Citi Field.