Breakout Stars of the 1st of the 2013 MLB Season.

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1) Matt Harvey, SP, Mets: What a 1st half of the season that it’s been for young Matt Harvey. In only his 2nd season in the big leagues, he’s already assumed Ace status in the Mets rotation and will probably be the starting pitcher for the National League in next week’s All-Star game. His state line reads like this- GS:19, Record (7-2 ) and 2.35 ERA.

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2) Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Davis has been pulverizing the baseball throughout the 1st half of the yr and has established himself as a dominant slugger in the middle of the Orioles lineup. He’s a legitimate MVP candidate for the American League. Stats: GP:90, Avg:.313 (9th), HR:33 (1st) and RBI:85 (2nd).

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3) Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks: At 23 yrs old, Corbin is already a front line starter for the D’backs and has been one of the best pitchers in the MLB so far during the young season. He has lighting fastball that he blows by hitters and also the necessary breaking stuff to freeze hitters. Stats: GS:19, Record:(10-1) and 2.40 ERA.

4) Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: Goldschmidt has quietly put together an MVP caliber season so far during the 1st half of the yr for the D’backs. He’s tearing the cover on the baseball and is improving on a nightly basis with the glove over at 1st base. Stats: GP:89, Avg:.310(10th), HR: 21 (4th) and RBI: 74 (1st).

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5) Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox after an awful season last yr the Red Sox lead the AL East with 55 wins. They’ve been a team that his pitched well all throughout the 1st half of the season. Clay Buchholz is their #1 starter because he can shutdown an entire lineup with excellent control and change speeds with a bevy of different pitches. Stats: GS:12, Record (9-0) and 1.71 ERA.

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6) Dominic Brown: It seems like the Phillies have new star on their hands and his name is Dominic Brown. Brown has been a steady force in the middle of the Phillies lineup all season long. Things might not going right for Philly this year but Dominic Brown has had a nice start to the season so far. Stats: GP:90, Avg:.281, HR: 23 (2nd) and RBI: 62 (5th).

7) Matt Carpenter, 2B, St.Louis Cardinals: Carpenter is just one the guys who just makes solid contact on the ball every time he’s up at the plate. He’s a key cog in the Cardinals lineup and they are leading the NL Central with 54 wins. Stats: GP: 84, Runs scored:69, Avg:.322 (5th), HR: 8, Hits: 109 and RBI: 40

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8) Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles: Machado is a rising young star not only for the Orioles but in all of baseball. He’s smooth with the glove over at third base and is hitting consistently day in day out for the O’s. Stats: GP: 91, Avg:.315 (8th), HR: 7, RBI: 44 and Hits: 123.

9) Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers: Segura is one of the better young players in the game and at 23 his impact can be felt with both his glove and his bat. He was the prospect the Brewers traded for in the Zack Greinke deal last season. Looks like Milwaukee has gotten the better of that deal. Stats: GP: 87, Stolen Bases: 27 (3rd), Avg:.320 (6th), Hits: 113, HR: 11, RBI: 36.

10) Carlos Gomez, CF, Milwaukee Brewers: Gomez has given the Brew Crew a solid force with his legs, glove and bat. He’s a master of robbing players of Home Runs, just ask Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds who got robbed of a potential game tying Home Run a few nights ago. Stats: GP: 84, Avg:.305, Stolen Bases: 20 (5th), Hits: 97, HR: 13 and RBI: 41.

11) Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson has flown under the radar but has done a very nice job replacing future Hall-Of-Famer Chipper Jones at third base for the braves. Johnson doesn’t try to do to much but he’s key element to why the Atlanta Braves lead the N.L East in the 1st half of the season. Stats: GP:74, Avg:.335, Hits: 85, On base%-.862, HR: 6 and RBI: 30.

12) Jeff Locke, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Locke is a very talented young Ace for the Pirates. He’s the type of guy than can carry a pitching staff and is good for at least 7 Innings per start. Stats: GS: 18, Record: 8-1 (10th) and ERA: 2.12 (2nd).

13) Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians: Kipnis will be making his All-Star debut next week and the world will get to see this underrated young star that plays for the Indians. He’s a big reason why Cleveland is in at least the discussion for a Wild Card birth. Kipnis can hit well and make sparkling defensive plays in the field with his glove:

Stats: GP: 81, Avg:. 291, HR:13, RBI: 54, Slugging%:508 and On base%.882

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