Friday, June 29, 2012

The Nationals OTHER Rookie

Bryce Harper is not the only Nationals rookie that is making a huge splash in his first season in the majors. And by seasons end, statistically, he may not even be the most impressive rookie that the Nationals had this year.

He's batting .339 with an on base percentage of .413 and a slugging percentage of .607. He's got 19 hits, two doubles, four home runs, ten RBI, has drawn seven walks, and has even stolen three bases.

And one more thing...he's the Nationals first baseman of the future.

Got it yet? Let me throw a few more numbers at you.

In his final two FULL seasons in the minor leagues, 2010-2011, he hit 62 home runs, 201 RBI (111 in 2010), and 78 doubles. In 28 games prior to being called up this season, he already had nine home runs and 26 RBI.

By now, either you've known the whole time (in that case kudos to you, loyal Nats fan), you've stopped reading, or you've gone and looked it up. For those of you that don't know who I'm talking about, it's Tyler Moore.

Since being called up, Moore has been dynamite with his bat. He's already had his first multi-homer game of his potentially amazing career. Last Tuesday, he recorded the longest home run of the day in the MLB in the thin Colorado air with a towering 462 foot blast.

He started off slow, that's probably why some of you have never heard of him, and even went back to the minors for a brief moment in time. But now, Tyler Moore is one of the most explosive bats in the Nationals arsenal.

Attribute the ongoing success of the Nationals and Tyler Moore to Washington's farm system. Moore slowly worked his way through the ranks and earned his spot once Jayson Werth went down and Bryce Harper left a void a left field.

The Nationals are in possession of what could become the two most potent rookie bats in the majors by the end of the season. Bryce Harper may have brought the hype, and yes...he can also hit well, but Tyler Moore has brought the power.

Follow me on Twitter @SkinnyOnSports and don't forget to look the blog up on Facebook: The Skinny on Sports!