Bryce Aron Max Harper… Married Kayla Varner (12/16/16); has one son, Krew Aron, and one daughter, Brooklyn Elizabeth… 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 two 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 18U 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.
Named NL MVP for the second time in his career and became just the 15th player in history to win multiple league MVP awards before his age-29 season...NL recipient of the Hank Aaron Award...Named NL Outstanding Player of the Year by the MLBPA...Named All-MLB First Team...Named a Stan Musial Award winner by the St. Louis Sports Commission in celebration of the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character...Won his second career Silver Slugger Award...Among all MLB players, ranked 1st in OPS (1.044) & SLG (.615), T-1st in doubles (42), 2nd in OBP (.429), 3rd in walks (100), T-3rd in XBH (78), 4th in IBB (14) & times on base (256), 7th in AVG (.309) and T-8th in OF assists (10)...Among all NL players, ranked 1st in doubles, OPS, SLG & XBH, 2nd in OBP & walks, 3rd in AVG, IBB, OF assists & times on base, 6th in HR (35) & runs (101), 7th in total bases (300), T-9th in bunt hits (4) and T-10th in 3-hit games (12)...Finished 2nd among NL position players (3rd in MLB) in WAR (FanGraphs) at 6.6...Was one of two players in MLB with a .300/.400/.600 slash line (other: TOR’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr.)...Joined Ryan Howard (2006, NL MVP), Chuck Klein (4x, 1929-30; 1932-33) and Lefty O’Doul (2x, 1929-30) as the only Phillies players since 1900 to slash .300/.400/.600 (min. 500 PA) in a season...Became only the fourth outfielder in MLB history with at least 100 runs, 100 walks, 40 doubles and 35 home runs in a season, joining Babe Ruth (2x, 1921 & 1923), Stan Musial (1949) and Barry Bonds (1998)...Was just the second Phillie ever to lead MLB in both OPS and SLG, joining Mike Schmidt in 1981 (1.080 OPS, .644 SLG), and the first player to lead MLB in both since MIL’s Christian Yelich in 2019 (1.100 OPS, .671 SLG)...Slashed .338/.476/.713 with 28 doubles, one triple, 20 HR, 50 RBI, 54 runs and 65 walks in 73 games (311 PA) after the All-Star Game...Led MLB in OPS (1.188), SLG (.713), total bases (171) and XBH (49) following the All-Star break...Was the first player in MLB to post a .300/.400/.700 slash line after the All-Star break (min. 300 PA) since Ryan Howard in 2006 and was the first outfielder to do so since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa both did so in 2001...Had 49 extra-base hits and 65 walks after the All-Star Game and prior to him, only two other players had as many extra-base hits and walks following an All-Star Game (since 1933): Barry Bonds in 2001 (50 XBH, 89 BB) and Jimmie Foxx in 1938 (52 XBH, 66 BB)...His 49 XBH following the All-Star break set a new franchise record, surpassing Ryan Howard (45 in 2006) and Chase Utley (45 in 2005)...Became the third player in franchise history with at least 20 HR and 60 walks following the All-Star break, joining Mike Schmidt (1983) and Ryan Howard (2006)...Led the NL in Win Probability Added (4.56)...Was the only player in MLB to have two separate on-base streaks of at least 23 games...Had a career-high 42 doubles, surpassing his previous career high of 38 in 2015...Was the first Phillie with at least 75 XBH, 100 runs and100 walks in a season since Ryan Howard in 2006...His 1.130 OPS at Citizens Bank Park was the highest single-season mark ever by a Phillie in the ballpark’s history (since 2004)...Posted the 8th-highest OPS and 9th-highest SLG in a season by a Phillie since 1900 (min. 400 PA)...The Phillies went 55-25 (.688) when he scored a run...Posted his third 35-HR season (others: 2015 and 2019), third 100-run season (others: 2015 and 2018) and fourth 100-walk season (others: 2015-16 and 2018) ...Collected 300 total bases for the second time in his career (other: 338 in 2015)...Recorded double-digit OF assists (10) for the third time in his career (13 in 2013 and 2019)...Reached base safely in each of his first 10 games to start the season; started the previous two seasons with on-base streaks of 22 games (2020) and 21 games (2019)...Became only the second player in franchise history to start three consecutive seasons with an on-base streak of at least 10 games, joining Richie Ashburn (5 straight seasons from 1955-1959)...Reached base safely in eight straight plate appearances (BB, HR, BB, 2B, 1B, 1B, 1B, 1B) from the seventh inning on 4/16 through the fifth inning on 4/19...Recorded his 100th career steal on 4/27 at STL...Was on the IL, 5/23-6/4, with a left forearm contusion...Collected his 500th career XBH (HR off Max Scherzer),6/22 vs WSH; at the time, among active ML players, was the sixth youngest to reach 500 career XBH...Tied his career high with five hits on 7/6 at CHI (also: 4/19/19 at COL)...Had a career-high three SB on 7/23 vs ATL, becoming the fourth Phillies player in the last 60 years to steal 2nd, 3rd and home in a game, joining Larry Bowa on 8/28/70 vs ATL, Pete Rose on 5/11/80 at CIN and Jayson Werth on 5/12/09 vs LAD...Had a 24-game on-base streak from 7/23-8/17...Hit his first career inside-the-park HR on 7/27 vs WSH (Erick Fedde)...Went 27 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout from 8/1-6...Collected his 250th career double on 8/1 at PIT; also tied his career high with three doubles for the second time (other: 6/24/18 vs PHI)...Hit his 250th career HR on 8/5 at WSH (Joe Ross); at the time, became the fifth-youngest active player to reach 250 HR...Became the 35th player in MLB history to record his 250th career double and 250th career HR in the same season (last: Mike Trout in 2019)...Posted a .337/.455/.776 slash line (1.231 OPS) with 11 doubles, one triple, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 25 runs and 22 walks in 28 August games...In August, became the first Phillie ever to have more than 20 XBH, 20 RBI, 20 runs and 20 walks in a calendar month; the last ML player to do so was NYY’s Aaron Judge in September 2017...His 22 XBH in August, which led MLB, were his most ever in a calendar month...Posted a 14-game hitting streak (.426), his longest as a Phillie, from 9/4-18; it was the second-longest hitting streak of his career (19 G, 7/1-27/17)...Posted a 23-game on-base streak (.520 OBP) from 9/4-28...Had an XBH in seven straight games, 9/11-18, which tied his career-best XBH streak that he set earlier in the season (8/25-31)...Had a 10-game walk streak, 9/18-28, which tied the longest of his career (also: 4/15-25/15 & 5/5-15/16); was the first Phillie to walk in 10 straight games since Pat Burrell in 2007...Recorded his second career game with two OF assists on 9/26 vs PIT (other: 9/13/13 vs PHI)...Started each of the team’s final 72 games...Walked 26 times over his final 25 games (9/7-end of season).
Among all ML players, ranked 1st in walks (49), 2nd in intentional walks (8), T-3rd in times on base (102) and 5th in OBP (.420)...Among all NL players, ranked 2nd in intentional walks, T-3rd in times on base, 4th in OBP, T-6th in bunt hits (2), T-7th in go-ahead RBI (9), 8th in OPS (.962), T-9th in runs (41) and T-10th in SB (8) & triples (2)...Finished 1st in MLB in first-inning HR (6)...Was one of five hitters in the majors with at least 13 HR and eight SB (others: Ronald Acuña Jr., Mookie Betts, José Ramírez and Fernando Tatís Jr.)...Reached base safely in 25 consecutive games from 9/27/19-8/22/20; it was the 3rd-longest on-base streak of his career (best: 27 G in 2017)...Had a 22-game on-base streak to start the year; reached base safely in 21 consecutive games to start the 2019 season...After reaching base safely, 8/20 at TOR (gm 1), became the first player in franchise history to have multiple on-base streaks of 20 games or better to begin a season...Became the first ML player to begin consecutive seasons with an on-base streak of 20 games or better since Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols did so in 2008-09...On 8/14 vs NYM, hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning, his 12th career walk-off RBI (11th career walk-off hit)...On 8/20 at TOR (gm 1), became the first Phillie to homer in a ML game in Buffalo since Jack Clements on 7/4/1885 (gm 2)...Had 23 runs, 20 RBI and 20 walks in his first 25 games of the season; since 1920 (when RBI became an official stat), only two other Phillies had at least 20 runs, 20 RBI and 20 walks in their first 25 games of a season: Mike Schmidt in 1983 and Von Hayes in 1989...Stole 16 straight bases without being caught from 7/4/19-9/1/20...Was ejected by 1st base umpire Roberto Ortiz in the bottom of the fifth inning on 9/5 at NYM l On 9/7 at NYM, made his first start in CF since 9/29/18 at COL...On 9/17 vs NYM, became just the fourth Phillie ever to homer in the first and second inning of a single game, joining Jimmy Rollins (4/12/07 at NYM), Gary Redus (7/7/86 vs ATL) and Freddy Leach (6/19/28 vs BRO)...Recorded his 21st career multi-HR game and second of the season on 9/23 at WSH (other: 9/17 vs NYM)... Collected two HR and three intentional walks on 9/23 at WSH; became just the fourth player in ML history (since 1955, when intentional walks were first tracked leaguewide) to do so in a game (last: Albert Pujols, 4/6/13 at TEX)...Had a streak of reaching base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch end at 10 consecutive plate appearances on 9/25 at TB; was the longest such streak of his career and the longest by a Phillies player since Jayson Werth reached base safely in 11 straight plate appearances in June 2009...Collected 78 XBH and posted a .950 OPS in his first 162 career games at Citizens Bank Park; became just the fourth player ever to have 75 or more XBH and an OPS of .950 or better in his first 162 career games at Citizens Bank Park, joining Rhys Hoskins (81 XBH, .950 OPS), Ryan Howard (77 XBH, .987 OPS), and Bobby Abreu (75 XBH, .973 OPS) l Made starts in RF (45), CF (3) and as the DH (10).
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 the Instructional 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's
Fernando 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 professional debut, Oct. 20 vs. Mesa...hit first professional homer, a 2nd-inning solo shot, off SDP's prospect Erik Davis on Oct. 30
at 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 Athletic Conference, which uses wood-bats...despite being the youngest player in the SWAC, posted .526 and .987 on-base and
slugging percentages, respectively, en route to a stellar 1.513 OPS...led team and conference in virtually every primary offensive 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 the
former record of 12, which was set during CSN's era using aluminum bats.