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Bryce Harper could be a wild-card if he makes his big league debut this year.
The Nationals projected Opening Day outfield starts with Jayson Werth in right field. Prior to last season Werth signed a seven-year, $126 million contract after a strong four-year stint in Philadelphia.
So that makes his 2011 season a major disappointment, as he hit just .232 with 20 homers. While he was a bit better in the second half, he still only managed a .255 batting average. The Nationals need him to be closer to the player he was in Philadelphia if they would like to compete this year.
As of now, the Opening Day center fielder is Roger Bernadina. A career .242 hitter that has hit 18 homers and stolen 33 bases over 798 plate appearances the past two seasons, Bernadina looks like he may finally get a chance to play full-time over the course of a whole season. He's a solid, but not special player, and he won't hurt the team.
Mike Morse, who filled in at first base last year while Adam LaRoche was injured, is expected to play left field. Morse broke out last year when he hit .303 with 31 homers and 95 RBI's. It's not like the breakout was totally unexpected though, as he had a huge spring and some were calling for a breakout prior to that based upon what he did in 2010.
As long as Morse plays at the same level, and the peripheral numbers indicate that it's very possible, he could become an All-Star this year.
The fourth outfielder is a question right now. There are only two other outfielders on the 40-man roster, and Eury Perez will not make the Opening Day roster. While super-prospect Bryce Harper could make the team out of spring, he would be best served returning to the minors for a bit first. That leaves Mark DeRosa, a utility player that has spent most of his career playing in the infield, unless the club adds someone else via free agency.
This outfield is a little unpredictable as Werth may or may not rebound, Morse still has to prove he can replicate his stats and Harper may or may not provide an impact if he plays in Washington this year at age 19.
The outfield should at least come together as solid in the end, and there is a chance it could surpass Philadelphia and Atlanta as the best in the NL East—if they get the right breaks.