Why the Washington Nationals Will Be Contenders in 2013

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 15, 2009

Why the Washington Nationals Will Be Contenders in 2013

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 20:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after a 3-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman will be in his Prime

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stephen Strasburg will be in the Majors

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    SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3:  Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Image

Colin Balester and Tyler Clippard will have it all Figured Out

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    VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Jordan Zimmermann will be a Good Pitcher Also

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 20:  Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Joel Hanrahan will be among the Elite Closers in the Game

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 16:  Joel Hanrahan #38 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on April 16, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Shairon Martis will be a good pitcher, too

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Shairon Martis #39 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Elijah Dukes will be one of the best players in the Game

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Elijah Dukes #34 of the Washington Nationals hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 7, 2009 at Dodger Stadiium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Josh Willingham will be an All-Star caliber player

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Outfielder Josh Willingham #16 of Washington Nationals pinch hits against the Atlanta Braves April 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Manny Acta won't be Managing Anymore

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 13:  Manager Manny Acta of the Washington Nationals walks out to the pitchers mound during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on April 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

And Maybe, we might have Bryce Harper

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