5 Washington Nationals Players' Hottest Starts to the Season That Will Continue

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 11, 2013

5 Washington Nationals Players' Hottest Starts to the Season That Will Continue

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    The Washington Nationals have started the season strong, just as many thought they would. Through the first couple weeks of the season, however, there have been some surprises along the way that have helped them get to where they are now.

    Some players, such as Bryce Harper, were expected to start the year hot, while others have surprised some. The question now is, which of these hot players will continue as the season goes on?

    Let's take a look at some players who are off to torrid starts and who will keep it up all season long. All stats are through April 9.

5. Denard Span

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    Denard Span has had a quiet new beginning in D.C.

    The Nats center fielder is an on-base machine, beginning the season with a .484 OBP while only striking out once. Span won't be able to keep his OBP that high all season, but he has a great chance of keeping it among the league's best.

    According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, Span is trying to be more selective at the plate, which should help him see more pitches and hopefully find better ones to hit.

4. Gio Gonzalez

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    Gio Gonzalez has started the season with a 1-0 record while pitching to a 0.82 ERA and striking out 12 batters in 11 innings. Batters are only hitting .167 against him in his first two starts.

    Gonzalez has also started the year off nicely at the plate with two hits. One of which was a home run in his first start of the season.

3. Jayson Werth

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    Jayson Werth looks like he has found his power once again in the early part of 2013. Werth is tied with Harper for the team lead with three home runs this season. He also leads the team in RBI with seven.

    It looks as though Werth is healthy and ready to have a huge year once again in a lineup that will provide him plenty of protection. 

    With only five home runs last year, it looks as though Werth is on track to leave that total in the dust this season. He likely won't hit 36 home runs like he did in 2009, but a 20-homer season is certainly not out of the question.

2. Wilson Ramos

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    Wilson Ramos is shocking everyone with how great he looks following knee surgery last season.

    His .462 average leads the team, as does his .563 OBP and .923 slugging percentage. Ramos looks like a man possessed to reclaim his starting spot behind the plate and has given Davey Johnson no reason not to start him.

    Ramos is having the best start of all the Nationals, and there is no reason to think that he can not get back to his 2011 offensive numbers.

1. Bryce Harper

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    Bryce Harper launched two home runs in his first two at-bats of the season and kept it up in the games that followed.

    Harper is off to a fantastic start, hitting .379 while slugging .724. Harper is going to keep up the production and the power, and as soon as he starts stealing some bases, he will be one of the best players in baseball.