Bryce Harper, Washington's 23-year-old right fielder, put together an extraordinary season in his fourth major league campaign in the nation's capital in 2015.
Harper led the National League in OBP (.460), SLG (.649), Wins Above Replacement (9.5 fWAR), Weighted On-Base Average (.461 wOBA), Weighted Runs Created Plus (198 wRC+) and runs scored (118), finished tied for first in the NL in home runs (42), was second in walks (124), and Batting Average (.330).
"He had a great season. MVP-caliber season," teammate Jayson Werth told reporters at the end of the season.
"You don't see those too often. I've been playing however many years now, I've seen one. So we'll see if this is two. But he's been great, I think he's come a long way in a short period of time, and I think he's going to be a big part of this club going forward and it's been a pleasure to play with him."
The baseball world apparently agrees with Werth's assessment of the season the 2010 no.1 overall pick put together in 2015.
Harper was named a finalist for NL MVP tonight by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), along with Arizona Diamondbacks' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Joey Votto:
NL BBWAA #MVP Award finalists: Paul Goldschmidt, @Bharper3407, Joey Votto. pic.twitter.com/bWM47GKO9l— MLB (@MLB) November 10, 2015
Congrats are in order for @Bharper3407, a finalist for the BBWAA NL #MVP Award! Winner named 11/19! #Bryce4MVP pic.twitter.com/HNdG9U721c— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 10, 2015
The 2015 NL MVP Award winner will be announced on November 19th...