Each week, Salute Magazine will pick a player from the world of sports and highlight them on Milestone Monday. The sport doesn’t matter and neither does the popularity or obscurity of that player or the sport. Up this week, Bryce Harper.
Bryce Harper has been on quite the tear this season, and he set a tremendous MLB record on Sunday. Harper became the first-ever MLB player to score over 30 runs in the month of April; scoring 32 for the month. The Nationals as a team are putting up runs by the bunch, but received bad news with Adam Eaton tearing his ACL last Friday.
Last season was a down year for Harper though, as he only carried a .243 average, 24 home runs and 86 runs batted in. Most players would be thrilled with those numbers (minus the average) and Harper was still an All-Star, but it was a bad season by his standards.
Fast forward to 2017, Harper has a .391/.509/.772 slash line to go with nine home runs, 26 runs batted in and a little above a 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio (22 BB, 20 Ks). He’s had a week in which he hit almost .600 AVG as well.
The biggest surprise though is that he has scored a whopping 32 runs in the first full month of the season. Through 25 games, he is on pace to score more runs than anyone has ever scored in one season, according to CBS Sports.
Not only that, but he is tied for second with 26 runs batted in, and accounts for the third Nats’ teammate in the top three in RBI totals. To say the Nationals are off to a scorching start statistically would be minimal at best.
If Harper continues at this hellish level of play, he is likely to become a repeat name on Milestone Mondays.
Watch: Bryce Harper’s Opening Day home run
Honorable Mention: Aaron Judge (Yankees) – Judge tied the MLB record for home runs (10) by a rookie during the month of April. Hats off to him as well, as the Yankees are also playing well so far this season.