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Justin Upton and 15 NL West Youngsters Ready to Explode
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MLB's National League West is a division stocked with raw, unripe talent ready to flourish in 2012.

From the minor leagues to those coming off the disabled list to several youngsters who have already put up great numbers in the big leagues, the next generation of youngsters is in prime position to storm into the national spotlight.

The following list contains the top 15 NL West youngsters—three from each NL West team—poised for success in 2012, 2013 and beyond. Because each youthful candidate brings his own unique approach to the sport and to his team, this list is ranked by age from oldest to youngest.

For the purposes of this article, a "youngster" is defined as a player who is currently no older than 25 years of age.

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