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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Every fantasy owner out there, and even the occasional fan, knows of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Media hype on the two young outfielders is at a crazy level and expectation equally so.

But Trout and Harper aren't the only young players performing well enough to help your fantasy team.

Here are 10 more players, age of 25 and below, who are changing the fantasy landscape:

Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore - Machado was the third overall pick of the 2010 amateur draft and he's been a solid fantasy value from the moment he stepped onto a major league field last August. He's started off 2013 as a top-five fantasy option at his position, batting .309 with five homers, 21 RBI and an .874 OPS.

Chris Sale, SP Chicago White Sox - When he first arrived in the majors back in 2010, the White Sox wanted to make him either a set-up man or a closer. He saved 12 games in his first two seasons, but they needed him to be a starter in 2012 and he blossomed into the team's ace, going 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.135 WHIP.

Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle - He was an unknown quanity last year who surprised most fantasy owners by posting 20 home runs and 86 RBI for the light-hitting Mariners. In 2013, he's also improved on his batting average and at this point is an excellent fantasy value (.293, 4 HR, 16 RBI, .844 OPS).

Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay - For the past few years, the Rays have lived off all the high draft picks they "earned" for being an inept franchise from 1998-2007. Moore, however, was a eighth-round selection in 2007 and he's proving to be as good as any of their first-round picks. He's 5-0 through his first six starts this season with a stellar 1.95 ERA, 1.054 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 37 innings.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona - Since joining the "big" club in 2011, Goldschmidt has posted .800-plus OPS numbers and 2013 is no exception. He's improved his batting average, on-base percentage and OPS in each season and looks to be a fantasy stud for years to come.

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs - Rizzo got a small taste of the major leagues in 2011 at 21 years old, but it was last year that he made an impression on fantasy owners with 15 home runs and an .805 OPS in half a season's work. He started slowly this year, but made an adjustment to his swing about two weeks ago, which has apparently worked because he's raised his batting average 73 points over that span. He's certainly got the power to put up 30-plus home runs and be a starting first baseman on any fantasy team.

Tony Cingrani, SP, Cincinnati - Cingrani was called up when starter Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list and he may force the Reds to keep him even when Cueto returns. He's 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA, 0.833 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 24 innings. Every fantasy owner loves to see a starter with more than a strikeout- per-inning average.

Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado - Rosario was not expected to be the man behind the plate for the Rockies in 2012 - that was going to be Ramon Hernandez. But when Hernandez went down with an injury in late May, Rosario took over as full-time catcher and ended up blasting 28 home runs in 117 games. He's continued to perform this year, batting .299 with seven homers, 19 RBI and a career-best .883 OPS. At this point, despite all the talent behind the plate around the leagues, Rosario must be considered a top-five fantasy catcher.

Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets - The NL Pitcher of the Month for April, Harvey is showing the world what he's capable of. As a first-round selection in 2010 (seventh overall), Harvey spent precious little time in the minors, starting 10 games for New York in 2011 when its starting rotation suffered multiple injuries. This season, he's 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, 0.818 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He has a 95 mph fastball, slider, curveball and change-up, and as long as he stays healthy, he should anchor a fantasy owner's staff for many years to come.

Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh - Andrew McCutchen gets most of the media coverage when the Pirates come to town, but Marte is starting to garner attention, too. He showed flashes of his talent in 167 at-bats last season, but in 2013 he's become a full-blown fantasy stud. He has the much-desired combination of speed and power. Through his first 30 games this season, he leads the NL in hits (40) and has five home runs among 13 extra base hits, a .325 batting average and 10 steals.

There are also two other youngsters who were just brought up to the majors who are performing at a very high level (though in limited action). They are worth watching to see if they might be added to this list: Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona (.433. 3 HR, 1.335 OPS in eight games) and Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado (.323, 3 HR, 1.041 OPS in seven games).




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