Bryce Aron Max Harper… Married Kayla Varner (12/16/16); has one son, Krew Aron (8/22/19)… In 2013, established "Harper's Heroes," a foundation that assists families affected by childhood cancer… Was featured on the cover of Sony's MLB The Show 19 video game… Earned his GED after just 2 years at Las Vegas High School (NV)… Attended College of Southern Nevada… Was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in June 2009… His brother Bryan was a left-handed pitcher who pitched in the minor leagues from 2011-18… At the age of 17, hit .443 (101-228), 23 2B, 4 3B, 31 HR, 98 RBI, 39 BB and 20 SB in 66 games for the College of Southern Nevada in the Scenic West Athletic Conference… As the youngest player in the SWAC, posted a .526 OBP and .987 SLG… Led the conference in a number of offensive categories… Was named 2010 SWAC Player of the Year and also earned First-Team SWAC All-Conference status… His 31 HR in 2010 set a College of Southern Nevada single-season mark… In 2009, batted .626 with 14 HR, 55 RBI and 36 SB in 39 games for Las Vegas High School and became the first high school sophomore ever named a Pre-Season First-Team All-American by Baseball America… In 2008, hit .590 with 11 HR and 67 RBI in 38 games as a freshman… Was a member of USA Baseball's 2009 Under 18 Team that went 8-0 to claim the COPABE Pan Am AAA Championships in Barquisimeto, VZ… Also played in the 2009 AFLAC All-American Game (2009 Jackie Robinson Award presented by AFLAC), the Area Code Games (2008 All-Area Code Team) and International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby (2009 Ryan Howard Award)… Signed by: Mitch Sokol.
Among all NL players, ranked T-1st in grand slams (2) & OF assists (13), 4th in RISP AVG (.357), T-4th in game-winning RBI (15), 5th in walks (99), T-5th in IBB (11), 7th in times on base (254), 8th in RBI (114) and T-9th in bunt hits (4)...Was selected as the Phillies nominee for the Hank Aaron Award...Was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award...His 35 HR were the second-most by a Phillie in their first season with the team (Jim Thome had 47 HR in 2003)...Had a career-high 114 RBI (previous high: 100 RBI in 2018); tied his career high with 15 game-winning RBI (also: 2016)...Was just the third Phillies player ever to post a season with at least 35 HR, 110 RBI and 15 SB, joining Chuck Klein (1932) and Mike Schmidt (1974)...Was one of two hitters in MLB with more than 30 HR, 110 RBI and 95 walks (also: HOU's Alex Bregman)...Became the first Phillies outfielder with more than 70 XBH and 110 RBI in a season since 2002 (Pat Burrell)... Became the fifth player in franchise history to collect more than 100 RBI in his first season with the team, joining Jim Thome (131 in 2003), Lefty O'Doul (122 in 1929), Bill White (103 in 1966) and Pinky Whitney (103 in 1928)...Was the first Phillie (since 1920) to collect at least 35 2B, 35 HR and 110 RBI in his first season with the club...Had 42 XBH at home; the only Phillie to ever record more XBH in a season at Citizens Bank Park was Chase Utley (44 XBH) in 2006...Became the fourth Phillie since 1978 to record a 30-HR/100-RBI season before his 27th birthday, joining Ryan Howard (2006), Pat Burrell (2002) and Scott Rolen (1998)... Recorded his second career and second consecutive 30-HR/100-RBI season; was the first Phillie to record a 30-HR/100-RBI season since 2011 (Ryan Howard)...Collected 292 total bases; became the first Phillie to record more than 290 total bases in a season since 2010 (Jayson Werth, 295 TB)...Led all ML right fielders with 13 assists, which were one shy of his combined total from 2016-18; his 13 OF assists matched his career high (13 in 2013)...Slashed .283/.366/.583 in 213 plate appearances against LHP...Posted a .970 OPS in 51 combined games in August and September...Made his seventh career Opening Day roster; made his Phillies debut on 3/28 vs ATL...Slugged his first career HR as a Phillie (also was his first hit) on 3/30 vs ATL (Jesse Biddle)...Collected a career-high 5 hits on 4/19 at COL...Reached base safely in each of his first 21 games, the longest on-base streak of his career to start a season... His double in the 4th inning on 5/3 vs WSH was his 400th career XBH; at the time, the last three players to reach 400 career XBH at a younger age (26 years, 199 days) were Mike Trout (25 years, 269 days), Miguel Cabrera (25 years, 152 days) and Albert Pujols (25 years, 170 days)...Played in his 1,000th career game, 6/19 at WSH (gm 2)...Collected his 200th career HR and 1,000th career hit on the same swing, 7/3 at ATL (Bryse Wilson); it was the first time in ML history that a player had a milestone hit (1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000) and a milestone HR (100-700) on the same swing...Had his first multi-HR game with the Phillies on 8/9 at SF; became the first player since Chuck Klein (1935 with CHI & 1936 with PHI) to have a multi-HR game against the Phillies (5/4/18 vs PHI) and then a season later have one with them...Also on 8/9 at SF, became just the fourth player ever in the Statcast era with multiple homers of 113 MPH+ in the same game...Hit his sixth career walk-off HR on 8/15 vs CHI (Derek Holland); also was his fifth career grand slam (second of the year; other: 5/7 at STL)...His walk-off grand slam was the first by a left-handed hitting Phillie since John Kruk on 9/17/89 vs STL (12th inning)...Homered in 3 straight games twice: 3/30-4/2 and 8/14-16...Was on the paternity leave list, 8/23-25, for the birth of his first son...Hit 11 HR in August; was the second-most HR he ever hit in a calendar month (most: 13 HR in May 2015)...Slugged a pinch-hit HR (Hunter Strickland) in game 2 of the doubleheader on 9/24 at WSH; was his second career pinch HR (other: 4/24/16 vs MIN)...His 15 HR against LHP were his most ever in a season; since 1974, the only left-handed hitting Phillie to have more HR against LHP was Ryan Howard (16 HR in 2006 and 16 HR in 2007)...His 72 XBH were his second-most ever in a season; shy of only a career-high 81 XBH in 2015...His 9 defensive runs saved ranked T-3rd among ML right fielders, per FanGraphs ...Had two ejections: 4/22 at NYM (by home plate umpire Mark Carlson) and 9/15 vs BOS (by home plate umpire Gabe Morales)
Selected as an NL All-Star for the 6th time in his career (started in CF; 0-2)...Among all NL players, finished 1st in walks (130), 2nd in times on base (273), 3rd in IBB (16), 5th in OBP (.393) & pitches faced (2,869), T-6th in runs (103), T-7th in HR (34), 8th in RBI (100) and 10th in OPS (.889)... Set career highs in games, RBI, walks and HBP... Was 1 of 2 players in the majors with at least 30 HR, 100 RBI, 100 runs and 100 walks (also: CLE's Jose Ramirez)... Led MLB in most games with multiple walks (33)... Named NL Player of the Week, 9/3-9... Collected 12 HR, 28 RBI and 39 BB in his first 33 games... Had 2 multi-HR games: 4/1 at CIN and 5/4 vs Philadelphia... Reached base safely in a season-high 17 consecutive games (.487 OBP) from 4/14-5/2...Collected 10 HR in May, his most in a single calendar month since September 2015 (10)...Won the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, defeating Kyle Schwarber in the final round; his father Ron pitched to him... Following the All-Star break, slashed .300/.434/.538, going 67-for-223, 20 2B, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 46 R and 52 BB in 65 games... Drew 5 walks, 9/18 at MIA... Batted .373 (19-51), 6 2B, 3 HR and 26 RBI with RISP and 2 outs...Hit .389 (7-18), 3 2B and 16 RBI with the bases loaded... Defensively, made starts in RF (95) and CF (59)
Named a National League All-Star starter for the third straight year and was on his way to contending for his second National League MVP Award before suffering a hyperextended left knee on Aug. 12 vs. SFG...The injury cost him 41 games and left him just shy of qualifying for league leaders...At the time of his injury, he ranked in the NL in OPS (2nd, 1.034), go-ahead RBI (1st, 29), runs scored (2nd, 92), game-winning RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (4th, .419), home runs (T4th, 29), average (4th, .326), slugging percentage (4th, .614), total bases (4th, 247), extra base hits (5th, 57), walks (T5th, 66), RBI (6th, 87), and doubles (T8th, 27)...He returned from the disabled list on Sept. 26 and was in the lineup as the Nationals faced the Cubs in the NLDS...14 of his 29 HR came with two strikes, tied for eighth in MLB (T1st in NL)...Homered on Opening Day, marking his fifth career Opening Day home run...Clubbed two walk-off home runs, both against Philadelphia: April 16 (Benoit) and May 13 (Ramos)...Tied his own record of nine home runs in the month of April (2013, 2015)...Was named National League Player of the Week on April 23 after hitting .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and ten runs scored during the week...Hit .391/.509/.772 with eight doubles, nine homers, 26 RBI, 22 walks and 32 runs scored in April, but was edged out by teammate Ryan Zimmerman for NL Player of the Month honors...Recorded a career-high 19 game hitting streak, July 1 - July 27...On July 27 vs. Milwaukee, he joined Wilmer Difo, Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Goodwin in clubbing back-to- back-to-back-to-back home runs -- tying a Major League record for consecutive home runs (joining seven other clubs) and marking the first time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team had accomplished that feat...He clubbed a second home run in that game, the third multi-home run game of the month, tying a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for one calendar month (Rusty Staub, Aug. 1970 & Vladimir Guerrero, Sept. 2000)...Was one of 10 Nationals to hit at least 10 home runs, tied for the most of any club in the NL and the second-most of any club in the Major Leagues (Houston, 11)... Clubbed his 150th career home run on Aug. 7 at Miami... He became the 14th player in MLB history (since 1913) to hit 150 career home runs before turning 25 years old...Moreover, according to the Elias Sports Bureau , only two active MLB players connected 150 times at a younger age: Albert Pujols (24 years, 212 days) and Giancarlo Stanton (24 years, 290 days)...At 24 years, 295 days, Harper and Mike Trout both connected on their 150th home run at the same exact age...Coupled with Ryan Zimmerman's go-ahead homer later in the inning, it was the first game in Postseason history that a team won in its last time up on separate game-tying and game-winning home runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau ...Clubbed his fifth career Postseason home run, a game-tying two run home run off Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning to help propel Washington to the 6-3 win.
Followed up his 2015 MVP season by securing his first career 20 home run/20 stolen base season...It was the fifth 20/20 season in Nationals history...Ranked tied for fourth in MLB (T2nd in the NL) with 108 walks...Was named National League Player of the Month in April after hitting .286, with nine home runs, 24 RBI, 17 walks, five stolen bases and 16 runs scored...Also earned Player of the Week honors, April 11-17...Clubbed his 100th career home run (first career grand slam), April 14 vs. Atlanta (Teheran)...Harper joined Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond as the only players in Nationals history (2005-present) to eclipse the 100-homer milestone in a Nationals uniform...He followed his 100th longball with another in each of the next three contests, setting a new career high and matching a Nationals record with home runs in four straight games...With home runs in all three games the Nationals played in Philadelphia April 15-17, and dating back to 2015, Harper tied Ernie Banks (1955) as the only visiting players in MLB history to homer in six straight games in Philadelphia...Hit game-tying, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run, April 24 vs. MIN (Jepsen), his first career pinch-hit home run...During four-game series at Chicago, May 5-8, walked 13 times, the most by any player a four-game series dating to 1913, per STATS Inc... Harper broke a record that had been in place for nearly 86 years...Walked six times in the series finale, setting a modern MLB record (since 1900) for the most plate appearances without an at-bat in a single game: in his seven trips to the plate, Harper walked six times and was hit by a pitch...Started in the NL outfield for the third time in his career, his fourth career All-Star selection, by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes -- the highest vote total among all NL outfielders...Harper joined Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the ASG...Harper went 1-for-2 with a double off Texas LHP Cole Hamels in the game...Was issued an intentional free pass to first base 20 times this season, most in MLB and a Nationals record (2005-pres.) for a single season...According to FanGraphs.com, ranked first among NL right fielders in "outfield arm runs saved" and second in UZR (7.9) behind only CHI right fielder Jason Heyward (15.8).
Assembled one of the most remarkable seasons in Major League Baseball history en route to being unanimously selected as the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player, the seventh unanimous selection in MLB history...Led Major League Baseball and the National League in a majority of the significant offensive categories (see info boxes that follow)...Hit .330 with 38 doubles, one triple, 42 home runs, 99 RBI, 124 walks, six stolen bases and 118 runs scored...Posted a .460 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and a 1.109 OPS...Seamlessly transitioned to right field after playing left field & center field early in career...Ranked eighth among National League outfielders in defensive runs saved (10), according to FanGraphs.com...Was named to his third National League All-Star team, garnering 13,964,950 fan votes, the most votes of any player ever to appear on the National League ballot and third-most votes for any player in MLB this season...It was his third career All-Star Game selection and his second career All-Star start...Was the first three-time All-Star in Nationals history (2005-present), is also the first Nationals player to claim multiple fan elected starting assignments...Played in a career-high 153 games...Five multi-home run games in 2015 were the second most in a season in Nationals history (A. Dunn - 6 in 2010)...Collected three National League Player of the Week awards and one National League Player of the Month (May) award.
Was limited to 100 games after injuring his left thumb while sliding into third base, April 25 vs. SDP...Had surgery to repair UCL in left thumb, April 29 in Cleveland (Dr. Graham)...Was 5-for-11 with a double, triple and four RBI in the three games leading up to the injury...During the game in which he sustained the injury, posted a career-high four RBI...Returned to action on June 30 after missing 57 games...Hit .268 with six doubles, 12 home runs, 23 RBI, 30 walks and 33 runs scored from that point until the end of the season...10 of his 13 homers on the season were hit in final 47 games, Aug. 7 - season's end...Three of 13 HR came at expense of left-handed pitching (hit 2 vs. LHP in 2013)...Over the final 27 games of the season, hit .319 with a .379 OBP, .532 SLG while hitting two doubles and six home runs...Hit second career game-ending homer, a two-run shot in the 13th inn., to beat the Mets, 5-3, Aug. 7 in D.C....Again shined in the Postseason, clubbing three home runs (two off Hunter Strickland)... Towering solo home run off Strickland in the seventh inn. of Game 4, tied the game at 2-2.
Fought through numerous bumps/bruises to hit .274 with 24 doubles, 20 homers and 58 RBI in 118 games...at age of 20, became youngest player to start a game for the National League in All-Star history...finished 2nd in Century 21 Home Run Derby to OAK's Yoenis Cespedes...13 home runs at Nationals Park tied Jayson Werth for team lead...paced the NL with a 1.152 OPS in interleague play...posted a .374 OBP and hit 14 of 20 home runs while hitting in the 3-hole in Davey Johnson's lineup...homered twice and scored 100th career run in a 2-0 Opening Day victory, April 1 vs. MIA...went 3-for-3 with a double, 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 3 runs and a walk en route to a career-best 10 total bases in a 7-6 win on April 20 at NYM...missed 31 games (May 27-June 30) with left knee ailment that required debridement procedure, Oct. 23 in Vail, CO...OPS before DL stint was .976, after .789...in return from 31-game DL strint, sparked a 10-5 win vs. MIL with a opposite-field home run in first at-bat in first inning, July 1...doubled, posted 3 RBI (including 100th of career), scored a run, walked twice and made a game-saving diving catch in the 9th inning as Washington held on for an 11-10 win on Aug. 23 at KCR.
Was named NL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA after hitting .270 with 26 doubles, 9 triples, 22 homers, 59 RBI, 56 walks and 98 runs scored in 139 games...earned award despite being a true rookie and not making MLB debut until late April...22 homers as a teen ranked 2nd on all-time list behind only Tony Conigliaro (24)...ranked 5th in NL in runs...led NL rookies in runs, OPS (.817), GWRBI (12) and extra-base hits (57)...when posting at least one RBI, Washington went 30-8...when scoring a run and/or homering, the Nationals finished 55-19 and 15-5, respectively...was named NL Rookie of the Month in May (.271, 13 extra-base hits, 10 RBI) and Sept./Oct (.330, 18 extra-base hits, 1.043 OPS)...began '12 with Triple-A Syracuse, but made memorable MLB debut, April 28 at Dodger Stadium, finishing 1-for-3 with one RBI in a 10-inning, 4-3 setback...doubled to center field off Chad Billingsley in the 7th to notch first hit, and in the 9th, lifted a go-ahead sac fly that would have been the GWRBI, but LAD rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th...in 54th at-bat, hit first career home run, a solo shot to dead center field off Tim Stauffer, May 14 vs. SDP.
Combined to hit .297 with 24 doubles, 17 homers, 58 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 109 games with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Hagerstown ... began season with Hagerstown ... batted .318 with 17 doubles, 14 home runs, 46 RBI, 46 runs and 19 steals in 72 South Atlantic League games ... earned mid-season SAL All-Star selection ... received MiLB.com SAL Player of the Week honors, May 9 ... earned promotion to Double-A Harrisburg on July 4 ... in July, was selected to play in Futures Game, as part of All-Star weekend in Phoenix ... at season's end, recognized by Baseball America as the top prospect in both the Double-A Eastern League and the Single-A South Atlantic League ... following the season, played with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League ... hit .322 with six homers and 26 RBI in 24 AFL contests.
Professional: Signed late, but participated in the Florida Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League...in theInstructional League, led the Nationals in home runs (4), RBI (12) and OPS (1.110)...went 15-for-47 (.319) in firstexposure to pro ball...graduated from there to the Arizona Fall League...was the 2nd-youngest player in AFL history (NYM'sFernando Martinez was slightly younger)...as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions taxi squad, hit .343 (12-for-35)with 3 doubles, 2 triples, a homer and 7 RBI in 9 AFL contests...went 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI in professionaldebut, Oct. 20 vs. Mesa...hit first professional homer, a 2nd-inning solo shot, off SDP's prospect Erik Davis on Oct. 30at Scottsdale Stadium...helped Scottsdale claim the AFL championship.
Amateur: At age of 17 (should have been a high school junior), hit .443 (101-for-228) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 31homers, 98 RBI, 39 walks and 20 stolen bases in 66 games for College of Southern Nevada in the Scenic West AthleticConference, which uses wood-bats...despite being the youngest player in the SWAC, posted .526 and .987 on-base andslugging percentages, respectively, en route to a stellar 1.513 OPS...led team and conference in virtually every primaryoffensive category...was named 2010 SWAC Player of the Year and also earned First-Team SWAC All-Conference status...the aforementioned 31 home runs in 2010 set a College of Southern Nevada single-season mark, easily besting theformer record of 12, which was set during CSN's era using aluminum bats.