Bryce Harper has already received the NL Outstanding Player Award, as voted on by his peers in Major League Baseball and the NL Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the top hitter in each league as voted on by baseball fans and a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Aaron which also includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.
Harper was also named a finalist for the National League's Most Valuable Player, which he's expected to win after, as a 22-year-old, leading the NL in On-Base Percentage (.460), Slugging Percentage(.649), Wins Above Replacement (9.5 fWAR), Weighted On-Base Average (.461 wOBA), Weighted Runs Created Plus (198 wRC+) and runs scored (118), while finishing tied for first in the NL in home runs (42), and coming up second in walks (124), and Batting Average (.330).
Tonight, Harper added some silver to his trophy case:
Add it to the list! Congrats to @Bharper3407 (NL, OF), who earned the 1st #SilverSlugger Award of his career! pic.twitter.com/N51tnLVc5R— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 12, 2015
The Silver Slugger Award is, of course, handing out annually to the best offensive players position in the American and National Leagues. Harper joins a list of Nationals to win Silver Sluggers that includes Alfonso Soriano (2006), Ryan Zimmerman (2009, 2010), Ian Desmond (2012, 2013, 2014), Stephen Strasburg (2012), Adam LaRoche (2012) and Anthony Rendon (2014).
Next stop, NL MVP. Can Harper, who turned 23 after the season ended with the Nationals falling short of a return to the postseason, add an MVP trophy too after a dominant campaign in the nation's capital in what was just his fourth major league season? He has to be considered the front runner, right? Just say right, you know it's true.