Harper's a kid, and has had to deal with injuries. He's totally fine (though I worry a great deal that the Yankees or Dodgers will come in and buy his prime), and Stras has also been hampered by injuries, although I think most of his issues are in his head (uncomfortable with pitching inside, he needs to talk with Bob Gibson).
Of the two, it's been stras whose disappointed me, he's old enough and mature enough to be better than this, the crazy BABIP stat he has is really hurting him (an unusually, statistically abnormal amount of his hits are going "where they aint"), and again, he's got to pitch with more balls, and be more mentally tough.
I'm fine with Harper, a little worried that Stras may have a lower ceiling than I thought.
All this being said, my chief concern is that we will act like a mid market team, when we are a big market team with one of the richest owners in all of sports when it comes to resigning them. That would be inexcusable.
Right now, yes they are both overrated. Stras is probably our 5th best SP right now, which tells you more about our pitching depth than anything else, but he's still been disappointing. It's weird though because when you look at his #s he should be top notch. He has a ton of Ks, doesn't walk guys, and doesn't allow a lot of hits. Just seems like when he does give up hits he gets hit hard, and he's also mentally fragile and lets little mistakes behind him snowball into disasters.
Harper is just lost right now. It's looking like another throw away year for him. He changes ABs too much and is just overthinking. He's a hell of a talent, but he's nowhere near the top player we thought we were getting. Meanwhile Mike Trout in LA keeps dominating. Imagine if Harper were playing like that, we'd win 120+ games and laugh our way to a pennant.
All that said, I still have faith in both these guys and wouldn't trade them for anyone but maybe 3 or 4 guys in all of baseball. Thankfully the Nats are good enough that we don't need these two kids to carry us.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei