For the second week in a row, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was the hottest hitter in the majors, batting .522 with a .656 on-base percentage and a 1.087 slugging percentage, adding up to a big league-best 1.743 OPS.
In repeating as Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week, Harper was tied for the big league lead in RBIs with nine, and paced the Majors in total bases, with 25, thanks to six extra-base hits – three home runs, one triple and two doubles. Those six extra-base hits were second only to the Seattle Mariners’ Brad Miller.
Harper also added two stolen bases over the past seven days – tied for the second-most in the big leagues behind Delino DeShields and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Harper’s .522 batting average was third in the Majors this past week, and he had more plate appearances than any of the players ahead of him -- Erik Aybar and Jason Kipnis.
Harper wasn’t just adept at getting aboard via his bat, as he drew a big league-best nine walks in seven games. His .656 on-base percentage was second only to Kipnis’s .677 mark in all of Major League baseball.
Harper has recorded at least one base-hit in six of his last seven games, and has recorded at least two base hits in each of his last three. Harper has reached base via a hit or a walk in each game dating back to May 6 – a total of 11 straight games.
Since the start of that streak, Harper has gone 22-for-39 (.564) with a .653 on-base percentage, a 1.385 slugging percentage, a 2.038 OPS, a batting average on balls in play of .481, 22 RBIs, 10 walks, 18 runs, three strikeouts, nine home runs, three doubles and a triple in 11 games. During that span, the Nats have gone 9-2.