MLB News 2012: Bryce Harper Claims N.L. Rookie of the Year

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Nov 13, 2012 11:43 AM EST
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Washington Nationals batter Bryce Harper warms up prior to hitting against the Atlanta Braves during their MLB baseball game in Washington(Photo : Gary Cameron / Reuters) "

(Reuters) - Washington Nationals Bryce Harper was crowned National League Rookie of the year on Monday.

Harper had a brilliant rookie campaign, but the 20-year-old faced some stiff competition for the NL award from Arizona Diamondback pitcher Wade Miley who picked up 12 first-place ballots to finish a close second. Harper finished with 112 points while Miley collected 105.

A versatile talent who played all three outfield positions, Harper batted .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBI, 56 walks and 18 stolen bases in 139 games.

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"Upon joining us, Bryce's impact on our lineup and defensive alignment was immediate and came at a great time of need," Mike Rizzo, Nationals general manager and executive vice president of baseball operations said in a statement.

"His sustained energy and enthusiasm throughout the summer played a big part in fueling our division title."

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Julian Linden)

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