Nats' Harper, Strasburg named co-NL Players of the Week

This is precisely what the Washington Nationals envisioned when they made their first-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010.

Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg and slugger Bryce Harper, who were selected by the Nats in successive years as the franchise's first-round picks, respectively, were named co-National League Player of the Week on Monday for the past week of Sept. 14-20.

Harper, who has compiled an MVP-caliber season this year, continued his hot hitting with a tirade of home runs that slotted him in elite company in MLB history for hitting 40 or more home runs at 22 years of age or younger.

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In seven games last week, the 22-year-old right fielder hit .519/.576/1.111 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 27 at-bats.

He is now hitting .343/.470/.674 with 41 home runs and 95 RBI in 142 games this season.

While Harper maintained his elite form, Strasburg's standout performance last week was a reversion to the premier pitching he's shown in spurts over his six-year career.

The 27-year-old righty only allowed one run in two starts last week while striking out 24 batters, including a 14-strikeout performance on Tuesday that tied a career high set in his major-league debut in 2010.

In his pair of starts last week, Strasburg maintained a 0.60 ERA over 15 innings while holding batters to a .135 average.

(h/t MASN Sports)