My ranks for 2013: Nos. 11-20 

January, 24, 2013
Some believe I've gone a bit overboard in selecting Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as my top player for the 2013 season. Granted, Trout was awesome in 2012, and I concur that some regression is pending, but he delivered numbers we've never seen from a 20-year-old. Well, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper turned 20 in October. His rookie campaign may have paled in comparison to what Trout accomplished, but it was still mighty impressive. Harper's future is similarly bright for statistical goodness, and as a result he crashed my top-20 rankings this season.

In order to deserve this lofty a ranking, Harper will need to hit for batting average and significant power, which I think are givens, but he'll also have to steal enough bases to matter. There again, I'm not too concerned. Watch Harper play on a consistent basis, as I did this past season, and he's clearly fast and aggressive enough to make a significant impact in every offensive fantasy category. Plus, the kid has several chips on his broad shoulders. He wants to be great, and I see several 30/30 seasons in his future. As it was, he went 22/18 at age 19!

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AP Photo/John BazemoreBryce Harper finished 83rd on the 2012 ESPN Player Rater despite playing in only 139 MLB games.
I don't mind exalting a young player with this ability to the second round because I think Harper is really, really safe. He has tremendous raw power. Young lefty hitters often struggle to look competent against left-handed hurlers, but Harper is going to work at his craft and improve, and I think he's probably a bit jealous that Trout got so much attention. I could see 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 25 steals from Harper as soon as this season, with a .300 batting average, but more likely in the .280 range. That's worth a top-20 pick for sure, and it's probably worth a top-10 pick. And in keeper/dynasty formats, he's about the best choice out there. Check our ongoing dynasty mock: Harper went third. I would have chosen him second.