Braves: Michael Harris II wins third Rookie of the Month award

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Braves superstar Michael Harris II, the reigning NL Rookie of the Month, has once again turned in yet another impressive month, earning his third award in four months.

The 21-year-old batted .324 with six home runs, 19 RBIs, five doubles, and four steals over the month of September, helping the Braves go 20-8 and take back sole possession of the NL East. In total, Harris had 10 multi-hit games in September, two of which were three-hit performances, scored 20 runs, had a .569 slugging percentage, and played Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.

One of the signature moments over that period was the first multi-homer game of his career, including four RBIs in the Braves 8-7 loss to the Mariners on September 11th. To begin the month, Harris hit in seven straight games, which was part of a 15-game hitting streak — the second-longest streak by a Braves rookie, trailing only Freddie Freeman, who had had a 20-game streak in 2011.

On the year, Michael Harris is batting .298 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs, with a chance to reach the 20/20 mark — 20 long balls and 20 stolen bags. He would be the runaway Rookie of the Year in the National League if it weren’t for teammate Spencer Strider‘s record-breaking rookie season, which included Atlanta’s Huckleberry becoming the fastest pitcher in league history to reach 200 strikeouts — breaking Randy Johnson‘s record.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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