Bryce Harper burst onto the scene in 2012 after just one month in the minor leagues, and the Washington Nationals immediately reaped the benefits of having him in the lineup.
His call-up represented the point in the season where the Nationals completed their lineup, forming a cohesive unit that was a key factor in the team's first National League East crown in the team's brief history.
Harper was named National League Rookie of the Year this week after amassing 22 home runs, 59 RBI and a .270 batting average.
While some claim that hype was the deciding factor in him receiving the award, it's clear that he had a very good rookie season.
Prospect Wil Myers of the Kansas City Royals will follow in Harper's footsteps in 2013.
Myers is arguably the most powerful prospect in baseball. He smashed 37 home runs split between Double and Triple-A last season, while also driving in 109 runs. He proved to be the complete package, putting together a line of .314/.387/.600.
Myers is the real deal.
The Royals may not have a spot for him entering the season. Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur currently comprise the outfield, but Myers could be called up if he mashes early on in 2013.
Now, the Royals won't necessarily follow in the footsteps of the Nationals.
The chances of the Royals winning the American League Central are highly unlikely. The Nationals were much farther along in their development as a team last season, whereas it'll likely take the Royals a few more seasons before they're ready to compete.
Regardless, Myers will be helping the team take another step towards that goal.
All signs point to him being ready to handle major league pitching. Myers could actually have a better rookie season than Harper, as Harper posted a .289 career average in the minors. Myers' career mark was .303.
Myers will be the early favorite for the Rookie of the Year when he finally gets the call in 2013.
It may not be all that long before that happens, as the Royals are a team moving in the right direction. Myers could be the missing piece that leads them towards contention.
Myers is capable of following in the footsteps of Harper, while also having the potential to exceed him as a rookie.
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