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Bryce Harper, Nationals
Harper at 19 was better than Mike Trout (not to mention Mantle, Griffey and Kaline) at the same age. His September—1.049 OPS and seven HRs—was a preview to a rollicking sequel.
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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
He may have lost a tick off his fastball, but his stuff is still filthy after elbow surgery. Strasburg last year had the highest strikeout percentage by a starter (30.2%) since Randy Johnson in 2004.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers
With Hanley Ramirez out for two months and Adrian Gonzalez's power vanishing, a big year is key. L.A. was in first when Kemp was hurt last May, then went 24--29 in the two months he was out.
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