At every level of his career, Bryce Harper has found a way to excel and become the best player on the field. On April 28, he was unexpectedly thrust into his dream, into the major leagues at the age of 19. And over the next five months, Harper produced one of the finest seasons ever for a teenager, while many his age were freshmen in college.
On Monday, the top overall pick in the 2010 draft who became a mainstay in the Washington Nationals lineup was honored as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. He became the first Nationals player to earn the distinction, validation that all the hype and expectations that have surrounded Harper for years were indeed well placed. Harper received 112 points, with 16 first-place votes, narrowly edging Arizona’s Wade Miley who finished with 105 points and 12 first-place votes.