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.

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.

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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