Bryce Harper is 20 years old now. He turned 20 in mid-October. As a 19-year-old, the Washington Nationals' rookie outfielder hit more home runs (22) than any teenager in baseball history but the Boston Red Sox' Tony Conigliaro (24 HRs). The 2010 no.1 overall pick led all rookies in runs (98), OPS (.817), game-winning RBIs (12) and extra base hits (57) as the Nats noted in a press release about Harper being named the BBWAA's 2012 NL Rookie of the Year tonight. Harper became the youngest position player to ever win the ROY Award and the second-youngest to win it behind only New York Mets' pitcher Dwight Gooden, who was a month younger than Harper when he won in 1984. Harper finished his rookie campaign with a .270/.340/.477 line, 26 doubles, nine triples and 22 HRs in 139 games and 597 PAs over which he was worth +4.9 fWAR. In the postseason, Harper hit one home run in the Nationals' NLDS matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the second-youngest player to hit a playoff HR and the first teenaged major leaguer to hit one since the youngest player ever, Andruw Jones, hit one for the Atlanta Braves in 1996. Asked on the MLB Network's broadcast of the award ceremony tonight if he met his own expecations with the numbers he put up in his first MLB season, Harper told the show's hosts, "I didn't reach them. I'm never satisfied with any of my numbers. I think my biggest goal is winning a World Series. This amazing to win this award and to have this accolade, but I want to bring a title back to D.C. That's our main goal as a team, as an organization and that's my biggest goal and we didn't reach that and going into next year I think that's going to be the biggest goal for me."
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper Talks About Winning 2012 BBWAA NL Rookie Of The Year Award
SB Nation Washington | Nov 12