What about Ryan Howard, Joey Votto, Justin Upton and Troy Tulowitzki?
The one thing about baseball is that nothing ever stays the same. One player who comes to mind is Lance Berkman. No one could have ever imagined that Berkman would have had such a strong season (.301 BA, 31 HR, 94 RBI) in 2011. The previous season, he was downright average (.248 BA, 14 HR, 58 RBI).
Berkman looked like he was on his way to the broadcast booth. Instead, he was named Comeback Player of the Year, finished seventh in MVP voting and helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a championship.
Will Zimmerman do the same for the Washington Nationals?
The Nationals' slugger had a decent year in 2011. His numbers (.289 BA, 12 HR, 49 RBI) were good, considering the fact he missed 61 games due to an abdominal injury.
Zimmerman, 27, is entering his prime and has shown promise in the past that he can put it all together. In 2009, he put up strong numbers (.292 BA, 33 HR, 106 RBI). If he can stay healthy and receives support from incumbents such as Jayson Werth, those numbers could go up.