MLB opened its parade of individual award winners for the 2022 season Monday by revealing the Rookie of the Year in each league. Braves outfielder Michael Harris II officially took home the NL Rookie of the Year award, edging out Atlanta pitcher Spencer Strider and Cardinals utility infielder Brendan Donovan.
Harris helped provid the spark Atlanta needed to win the NL East this season, as his MLB debut was the start of an impressive run. Harris played his first game on May 28, when the Braves had a 22-25 record and were 8.5 games behind the Mets in the division.
From that point forward, the Braves went 79-36, erasing the deficit and winning the division by tiebreaker over New York.