Washington Nationals Editorial: Where Does Bryce Harper rank among NL East right fielders?

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Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches his home run ball during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches his home run ball during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 23, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run home run in the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 23, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run home run in the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports /

2) Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

When discussing the best right fielders in baseball, it’s usually hard to justify not giving Giancarlo Stanton the number one spot. The Miami slugger has for years been considered one of the best players in the game and one of the most prolific hitters on the planet. Prior to 2015, there was little question that Stanton was the best right fielder in the NL East. This year, however, things have changed.

Stanton, 26, spent most of 2015 on the disabled list. The slugger was dominating at the plate through the first few months of the season but suffered a broken hamate bone that landed him on the disabled list June 27.

Originally, Stanton was expected to spend several weeks on the disabled list and then return to the Marlins’ lineup. But it quickly became clear that his recovery was taking longer than expected and Stanton spent the rest of the season on the disabled list.

Had it not been for the injury, Stanton might’ve been on his way to one of the best seasons of his career. Stanton belted 27 home runs and recorded 67 RBIs in just 74 games.

If Stanton can stay healthy next season, there’s little doubt that he’ll return to the dominant form we’ve seen from him for years. Stanton isn’t the No. 1 right fielder in the NL East this offseason — after the 2016 season, he very well might be.

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