The numbers tell the story. In 28 August games, Turner hit .357 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He also had a .366 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage.
• National League Rookies of the Month
The 45 hits he collected in August were two shy of the Nationals/Expos franchise record, held by Daniel Murphy (May 2016), Al Oliver (August 1982) and Marquis Grissom (June 1994).
Turner started August with a .317 batting average, but he was alarmed that he struck out 18 times in 60 at-bats. So he looked at video of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who has a similar swing from the right side. Studying Altuve paid off for Turner, who recorded 11 multihit games in August, including three three-hit efforts and two straight four-hit games.
"I watched a little bit of Altuve -- how he hits, the pitches that he hits," Turner said. "I think I mentally figured it out -- how to get in the right position, how to repeat my swing, how to be in a good spot. You can have success for a long period, not just for a game. I had to make that adjustment fast, because I was striking out. Playing bad isn't fun."
This is the first monthly award of any kind for Turner, and just the fourth Rookie of the Month award bestowed upon a Nationals player in team history. Turner joins Bryce Harper (May and September-October 2012) and Ryan Church (May 2005) as the only Nationals rookies to take home the honor.
Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.