MLB, Aug 1, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (left) and pitcher Stephen Strasburg against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Strasburg/Bryce Harper

This was difficult to choose simply because I wasn’t sure who to pair with Bryce Harper. Originally, it was Trea Turner, but this season we are all hopeful for Stephen Strasburg to remain healthy, so for those purposes let’s pray he does.

When it goes to Strasburg, like previously mentioned, the 28-year-old is recovering¬†from a partial tear of the pronator tendon in his right elbow but is expected to return to the starting rotation during the opening series against the Marlins according to Baseball-Reference. He’s been throwing and seems to be on schedule without any restrictions so far.

So that’s good news.

He hasn’t thrown many pitches over the last couple of seasons, but there is continual talk he will be 100% and still remains one of the top pitchers in strikeout ratings.

Stras has a career 3.60 ERA with 1,084 strikeouts in seven seasons with the Nationals.

Have you heard of Bryce Harper? Yes, you have. Even if you don’t like baseball, you’ve heard of Harper.

The 24-year-old outfielder already has an impressive resume. In five seasons, he’s been on four All-Star rosters, been named National League Rookie of the Year and MVP. In 2015 he led the league in multiple categories including home runs, OBP, and slugging average.

There is no slowing him down either. He’s been written in multiple articles being called a future Hall of Famer, and rightfully so. Harper has tremendous upside and he becomes a free agent after this season.

That should be interesting…

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Jessica Kleinschmidt
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