Sunday, May 19, 2013

Breakout Performances of 2013 MLB Season

Over half way through May and a quarter of the way through the 2013 MLB season, I thought it was time to checkout the breakout performances thus far.  Below is a list of players that aren't stars yet, but are on now on their way.

Offense:
Jean Segura/SS of the Milwaukee Brewers leads the NL in batting average .365 and has a .992 OPS.

James Loney/1B is making the Tampa Bay Rays look smart for picking him up on the cheap this offseason, batting .354/.925.

People expected Manny Machado/3B of the Baltimore Orioles to be good, but not this good at such a young age (.332/.899).

Josh Donaldson/3B of the Oakland Athletics is playing great defense and smacking the ball around the park (.323/.938).

Chris Davis/1B/OF of the Baltimore Orioles is killing it, and by it, I mean the baseball.  Batting .317/1.079 with 12 HR and 40 RBI.

Starling Marte/LF is making fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates take notice to his great power/speed combo. If it continues, he'll become a household name like his outfield buddy Andrew McCutchen.

Speaking of power/speed combinations, Shin-Soo Choo is putting it altogether this year, batting .311/1.009 with 35 R, 9 HR, and 5 SB.

Speed is the weapon of choice when it comes to the San Diego Padres Everth Cabrera, who leads all of baseball with 15 stolen bases.

Pitching:
Edward Mujica is now the St. Louis Cardinals closer and doing a fantastic job (12 SV, 1.50 ERA, 0.56 WHIP).  Just in time for free agency this upcoming offseason.

Another newly crowned closer is doing a good job in the form of the Milwaukee Brewers Jim Henderson.

Fireballer Matt Harvey of the New York Mets is the front-runner for the NL Cy Young (5-0, 1.55 ERA, 0.72 WHIP).

Hisashi Iwakuma was good as a rookie last season with the Seattle Mariners, but now he's fantastic in his second season (5-1, 1.84 ERA, 0.78 WHIP).

The Chicago Cubs are going remain a losing ball club, at least through this season, but Travis Wood is pitching great for them (4-2, 1.93 ERA, 0.93 WHIP).

The St. Louis Cardinals are sitting pretty in the NL Central due partly to the efforts of rookie Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.40 ERA, 0.88 WHIP).

Cleveland Indians fans are starting to believe their team might be playoff bound this season and Zach McAllister is responsible for some of that (2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 8 starts).

Another starting pitcher that is part of surprise teams early season success if the Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke (2.79 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 9 starts).

A pair of Texas Rangers relievers have the lowest ERA of pitchers with a minimum of 18 innings pitched (Tanner Scheppers- 0.42 ERA/21.2 IP and Robbie Ross- 0.48 ERA/18.2 IP).

Closer of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jason Grilli, is quickly becoming one of the game's best (16 SV, 14.46 K/9,  0.96 ERA, 0.70 WHIP).

*All stats through games played Saturday May 18th.

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