Even though Bryce Harper finished his first postseason with a .130 batting average (3-for-23) and eight strikeouts, it shouldn’t detract from his overwhelming success in what is considered one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time.
Playing in 131 games for the Washington Nationals—81 of which were wins, for the record—Harper, who turns 20 years old on Tuesday, batted .270/.340/.477 with 98 runs scored, 57 extra-base hits, 18 stolen bases and 120/56 K/BB this season.
Seeing time at all three outfield positions over the course of the season, Harper’s defense was responsible for saving for 14 runs and factored into his highly impressive 4.9 fWAR.
However, while his overall production this season will be a topic of discussion for years to come, that’s not to say Harper didn’t endure his share of struggles.
And if he can manage to improve these three specific aspects of his game by next season—there’s certainly compelling evidence to suggest he will—then there’ll be nothing preventing him from being a superstar in his age-20 season.