Josh Harrison has been named the National League Player of the Month for the month of August. Harrison hit for a .347/.374/.602 line during the month, giving him the fifth best average in the league, and the best slugging percentage. Harrison also ranked second in OPS at .976, falling only behind Giancarlo Stanton’s .998 OPS.
Harrison is having a great season, and he has been on fire for the second half. His second half line is a .335/.366/.597 line in 187 plate appearances. Once again, that’s the fifth best average, and the second best slugging percentage in the league during that time. The second half has helped propel Harrison to the point where he leads the NL in batting average on the season, with a .313 average.
This is the second time this season that a Pirates player has been named the Player of the Month in the National League. Andrew McCutchen received the honor in June.