AL in for Treat With Elite Rookie Crop

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Though they didn’t arrive until the end of April, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper took the majors by storm last year, living up to the considerable hype they received as prospects to deliver history-making seasons for their ages (20 and 19, respectively) and win Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, Harper helped the Nationals to their first playoff appearance, while Trout nearly took home American League MVP honors despite Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown.

The odds are against seeing such stellar performances from top rookies in 2013 — those were once-in-a-generation showings, if not once-in-a-lifetime ones — but that doesn’t mean we’ll have a shortage of outstanding rookies, and right now is the season to dream on them. On Wednesday,...

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