Bryce Aron Max Harper...Earned his GED after just two years at Las Vegas (NV) High School...Attended College of Southern Nevada...Was famously featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, June 8, 2009...Brother, Bryan, is a left-handed pitcher who signed with the Nationals as a 30th-round draft pick after playing one season at the University of South Carolina...Bryan has pitched four seasons in Washington's chain...Bryan was previously drafted by the Nationals (31st round, 2008 First-Year Player Draft), but did not sign.
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 first
exposure 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, 31
homers, 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.