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The Washington Nationals are my surprise team for the 2012 season.
Despite their injuries last season, they still managed to finish with a respectable record of 80-81. Ryan Zimmerman, the leader of the team, missed 61 games due to a lingering abdominal injury. Stephen Strasburg and Chien-Ming Wang also went down with season-ending injuries even before the season started.
There is talent on this roster, however, and they have it at every position. Take a look at their depth chart to realize how deep they actually are.
In the middle of the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth are certainly all very talented hitters. They also have some up-and-comers in Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Roger Bernadina.
In the rotation, trading for Gio Gonzalez was my favorite acquisition of the offseason. He's a young and talented pitcher who the Nationals will control of for at least four more years. Jordan Zimmerman is also one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball due to his 3.11 ERA to finish the season in 2011.
My favorite aspect of the team is the bullpen. A one-two punch of Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen is one of the best in baseball. They are both extremely young in age as well (Clippard is 26 years old and Storen is 24).
If Strasburg is able to stay healthy this season, look out for the Nationals in 2012.