Nationals: Breakout Performances from the First 2 Weeks of Spring Training

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Nationals: Breakout Performances from the First 2 Weeks of Spring Training
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Every day that passes for the Washington Nationals serves as another reminder that they failed to meet their expectations in 2013. Two weeks into 2014's spring training, however, and Washington has every reason to believe that it can return to its dominant form exemplified in its 98-win 2012 campaign. 

The primary cause of this optimism is the emergence of certain players who have had a very good offseason and are preparing to break out in 2014.

The list to follow will not include names of obvious suspects that are perennial contributors, but, rather, players that have flown under the radar and show signs of coming into their own in the Major League Baseball season to follow. Parameters for this list also include players that figure to come back strong after a long slump or injury.

Here are Washington's four breakout performers thus far.

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