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The phenoms of 2013 2013's rookies and first-year players full of phenoms making a crop that is the best in years, including Yasiel Puig, Evan Gattis, Wil Myers, Gerrit Cole and Hyun-Jin Ryu. /mlb/lists/2013-rookies-first-year-players-phenoms-best-in-years-yasiel-puig-evan-gattis-wil-myers-gerrit-cole-hyun-jin-ryu-061713 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2013/06/07/060613-MLB-Yasiel-Puig-PI-AA_20130607011200341_136_102.JPG
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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29737762 Surprising stars Surprising+stars MLB

Maybe these guys had it in them all along. Maybe all they needed was an opportunity to prove themselves. Maybe their April performances are a fluke. Whatever the reason, these 10 players are performing above expectations and are capturing the fancy of baseball fans.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727412 Sam Fuld, Rays Sam+Fuld%2C+Rays MLB

Tampa Bay's right fielder has garnered overnight respect with an exciting display of run scoring, base stealing (first in the majors to 10), batting average and flashy defense.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727409 Alex Gordon, Royals Alex+Gordon%2C+Royals MLB

As FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal said, Alex Gordon may finally be on the way to becoming the player the Royals expected when they made him the No. 2 pick in the star-studded 2005 draft. His early season is vastly better than any in Gordon’s career and includes a low walk rate and a high batting average on balls in play.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727413 Jose Contreras, Phillies Jose+Contreras%2C+Phillies MLB

With closer Brad Lidge out, the Phillies needed someone to step up in the ninth inning. Enter 39-year-old Jose Contreras, who is 5-for-5 in save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29730440 Willie Bloomquist, Diamondbacks Willie+Bloomquist%2C+Diamondbacks MLB

A career part-timer, Bloomquist has seized the everyday job in left field. He doesn't possess much power, but he's speedy and is racking up the stolen bags so far.
 

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29743051 Jed Lowrie, Red Sox Jed+Lowrie%2C+Red+Sox MLB

It turns out the Red Sox have a pulse. And that pulse’s name is Jed Lowrie. He has had such a hot bat, there's talk in Beantown about him swiping the shortstop job from Marco Scutaro.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727408 Aaron Harang, Padres Aaron+Harang%2C+Padres MLB

The veteran righty signed with San Diego in the offseason in an effort to jump-start his career. Well, it's working. The 32-year-old has a 4-0 record with a 1.88 ERA. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any start.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29730441 Bruce Chen, Royals Bruce+Chen%2C+Royals MLB

It has been a season of surprises for the Royals so far, not the least of which is Chen, a journeyman lefty out to prove that 2010's 12-7, 4.17 ERA performance wasn't a fluke. So far this season, he sports a 2.42 ERA and has already collected three wins.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727407 Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians Asdrubal+Cabrera%2C+Indians MLB

The switch-hitting shortstop, who had a sub-par 2010, has seven multiple-hit games so far. A career .284 hitter with only 22 career homers, he is playing well beyond expectations, as is his team.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727411 Lance Berkman, Cardinals Lance+Berkman%2C+Cardinals MLB

On a team with plenty of All-Stars, Lance Berkman has been the driving force behind this team’s relaxed play and recent resurgence.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's early overachievers 29727414 Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies Jhoulys+Chacin%2C+Rockies MLB

The Colorado starter is looking more impressive than much-heralded teammate Ubaldo Jimenez. It’s still early, but the third-year pitcher was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a shutout before he struggled in his fourth start Friday night — you know, the one in which his opponent, Florida's Anibal Sanchez, took a no-hitter into the ninth.

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