#3- Trea Turner- 2016
Acquired from the San Diego Padres in a 2015 trade, speedster Trea Turner was a big part of the Nationals’ success in their 2016 National League East division-winning season. Playing mostly in unfamiliar territory in center field, Turner hit .342 with 13 home runs and 33 steals in only 73 games played. Turner was especially productive against division rival Atlanta on the year, hitting .475 with six homers and 16 RBI against the Braves.
#2- Juan Soto- 2018
Most normal 19 year olds are either in college or starting out their work careers in lower level, low-pressure jobs. Juan Soto was not a normal 19 year old, and he spent a great deal of his 19th year under the microscope as a Major League Baseball player. The sweet-swinging Soto passed his first test in the big leagues with flying colors, hitting .292 with 22 homers and 70 RBI while displaying excellent plate discipline.
#1- Bryce Harper- 2012
Most Nats fans who have been following the team since its move to Washington in 2005 will tell you that the 2012 season brings back the best memories. A big part of Washington’s 98 win campaign in that season was the play of a rookie who came to the Majors under a spotlight few have experienced. Precocious Bryce Harper hit the big leagues by storm in late April 2012 and was instrumental in helping Washington to put up the most wins in baseball that season. Harper hit 22 homers, scored 98 runs and drove in 59 more, winning the Rookie of the Year Award in the process.