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Bold predictions for hitters

Updated: July 26, 2012, 9:45 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
It's hardly being bold to predict that Los Angeles Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout is going to end up as fantasy's top player this season. Trout currently sits atop the ESPN Player Rater, edging out Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Being bold would be to predict that Alberto Callaspo, Clint Barmes or Nyjer Morgan is bound for fantasy glory, and I just can't do that.

Still, as we head to the final third of baseball's regular season, it seems a wise time to get a little bold with a handful of predictions, and I'll try to make them neither as obvious as picking continued greatness for someone such as Trout nor as silly as choosing an irrelevant fantasy option to suddenly shake the foundation of the sport. Well, unless I kind of believe it. On Thursday we'll go bold with the hitters; on Friday it will be the pitchers.

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