Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old rookie outfielder for the Washington Nationals, continues his march toward the record for the most home runs in a season by a teenager in the major leagues after hitting his 19th on Friday night.
Harper, possibly the most-hyped player to come along since Ken Griffey Jr. more than two decades ago, drove in the Nationals' only run in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves with a homer into the left-field stands in the sixth inning.
The opposite-field shot moved him into second place overall and No. 1 all-time among National Leaguers, ahead of New York Giants slugger Mel Ott, who hit 18 homers as a 19-year-old in 1928, his third season in the majors.
Harper, who gave up his senior season of high school to play at the junior college level, trails only Tony Conigliaro, who hit 24 home runs as a 19-year-old rookie with the Boston Red Sox in 1964.