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GERARDO PARRA, CF, Arizona .305 BA, .368 OBP, (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

GERARDO PARRA, CF, Arizona
.305 BA, .368 OBP, .825 OPS, 1 HR
A defensive whiz that uses the whole field. A steady hitter for several seasons, he’s in the midst of a breakout campaign. |

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GERARDO PARRA, CF, Arizona .305 BA, .368 OBP,
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

GERARDO PARRA, CF, Arizona
.305 BA, .368 OBP, .825 OPS, 1 HR
A defensive whiz that uses the whole field. A steady hitter for several seasons, he’s in the midst of a breakout campaign. |

PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 1B, Arizona .287 BA, .387 OBP,
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PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 1B, Arizona
.287 BA, .387 OBP, .882 OPS, 5 HR
The young slugger made it easier for the Diamondbacks to say goodbye to Justin Upton. He signed a long-term extension prior to the 2013 season. |

PATRICK CORBIN LHP, Arizona 3-0, 1.91 ERA, 25
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

PATRICK CORBIN LHP, Arizona
3-0, 1.91 ERA, 25 K, 7 BB
Has the lowest ERA in the Diamondbacks’ rotation, and advanced stats say it’s not just luck: he’s got the talent to back it up. |

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CHRIS JOHNSON, 1B/3B, Atlanta .369 BA, .391 OBP,
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CHRIS JOHNSON, 1B/3B, Atlanta
.369 BA, .391 OBP, .915 OPS, 2 HR
The other piece in the Justin Upton trade, Johnson has split time at third base with Juan Francisco and took over first when Freddie Freeman was injured. |

WEI-YIN CHEN, LHP, Baltimore 2-2, 2.53 ERA, 16
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WEI-YIN CHEN, LHP, Baltimore
2-2, 2.53 ERA, 16 K, 9 BB
An under-the-radar signing before the 2012 season, Chen has quietly established himself as a lefty to be reckoned with in a tough AL East. |

DANIEL NAVA, LF, Boston .289 BA, .385 OBP,
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DANIEL NAVA, LF, Boston
.289 BA, .385 OBP, .885 OPS, 4 HR
Formerly a spare-part player who always possessed a good eye, Nava finally slugged his way into being a consistent contributor for the Red Sox this season. |

WELINGTON CASTILLO, C, Chicago Cubs .312 BA, .338
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WELINGTON CASTILLO, C, Chicago Cubs
.312 BA, .338 OBP, .766 OPS, 1 HR
Hit .265 with five homers in an abbreviated 2012 debut before breaking out this season. |

JOSE QUINTANA, LHP, Chicago White Sox 2-0, 3.58
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

JOSE QUINTANA, LHP, Chicago White Sox
2-0, 3.58 ERA, 22 K, 7 BB
Abandoned by the Yankees, he hooked on with the White Sox and found quick success in 2012. He only started nine games above Class A in the minors before making his big league debut. |

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CARLOS VILLANUEVA, RHP, Chicago Cubs 1-1, 2.29 ERA,
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CARLOS VILLANUEVA, RHP, Chicago Cubs
1-1, 2.29 ERA, 29 K, 9 BB
He may have finally silenced evaluators that pegged him as nothing more than a bullpen piece. |

CONOR GILLASPIE, 3B, Chicago White Sox .311 BA,
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CONOR GILLASPIE, 3B, Chicago White Sox
.311 BA, .368 OBP, .859 OPS, 2 HR
A .205 hitter in parts of three seasons with the Giants, Gillaspie is thriving since moving to the South Side following an offseason trade. |

MARWIN GONZALEZ, SS, Houston .297 BA, .338 OBP,
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MARWIN GONZALEZ, SS, Houston
.297 BA, .338 OBP, .854 OPS, 3 HR
Broke up Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish’s attempted no-hitter in the ninth inning earlier this season. |

LORENZO CAIN, CF, Kansas City .325 BA, .382
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LORENZO CAIN, CF, Kansas City
.325 BA, .382 OBP, .824 OPS, 1 HR
Acquired from the Brewers in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee. |

JEAN SEGURA, SS, Milwaukee .367 BA, .418 OBP,
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JEAN SEGURA, SS, Milwaukee
.367 BA, .418 OBP, .985 OPS, 3 HR
Acquired in 2012 in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels. |

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JOSH DONALDSON, 3B, Oakland .314 BA, .388 OBP,
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JOSH DONALDSON, 3B, Oakland
.314 BA, .388 OBP, .878 OPS, 2 HR
Donaldson had 25 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats last season. He already has 13 through 102 at-bats this season. |

KYLE KENDRICK, RHP, Philadelphia 2-1, 2.41 ERA, 24
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KYLE KENDRICK, RHP, Philadelphia
2-1, 2.41 ERA, 24 K, 8 BB
A forgotten member of the Phillies’ superb starting staff, he’s 28 and has been pitching on and off in the Phillies rotation since 2007. |

JEFF LOCKE, LHP, Pittsburgh 3-1, 2.83 ERA, 16
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JEFF LOCKE, LHP, Pittsburgh
3-1, 2.83 ERA, 16 K, 13 BB
One of the major reasons the Pirates have succeeded in 2013 has been their starting staff and Locke is a leader in the rotation. |

CHRIS DENORFIA, RF, San Diego .305 BA, .360
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CHRIS DENORFIA, RF, San Diego
.305 BA, .360 OBP, .786 OPS, 1 HR
A part-time player for the Padres since 2005, the 32-year-old has always possessed a strong eye and agile bat. |

NICK HUNDLEY, C, San Diego .329 BA, .357
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NICK HUNDLEY, C, San Diego
.329 BA, .357 OBP, .901 OPS, 3 HR
When rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal was suspended last season for using performance-enhancing drugs, it looked like the Padres would miss his bat. Instead, Hundley has enjoyed a breakout first month to the season. |

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KYLE SEAGER, 3B, Seattle .292 BA, .359 OBP,
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KYLE SEAGER, 3B, Seattle
.292 BA, .359 OBP, .850 OPS, 3 HR
Seager, 25, had 56 extra-base hits, including 20 home runs, for the Mariners in 2012. |

HISASHI IWAKUMA, RHP, Seattle 2-1, 1.67 ERA, 37
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HISASHI IWAKUMA, RHP, Seattle
2-1, 1.67 ERA, 37 K, 5 BB
Iwakuma only spent half the season in the rotation in 2012. Through the first month of the season he leads Felix Hernandez in ERA and strikeout to walk ratio in 2013. |

SHELBY MILLER, RHP, St. Louis 3-2, 2.05 ERA,
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SHELBY MILLER, RHP, St. Louis
3-2, 2.05 ERA, 33 K, 10 BB
The fireballer has been somewhat overshadowed by an all-around excellent starting contingent for the Cardinals. |

MATT CARPENTER, 2B, St. Louis .263 BA, .333
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MATT CARPENTER, 2B, St. Louis
.263 BA, .333 OBP, .775 OPS, 3 HR
Eleven of his 25 hits in 2013 have gone for extra bases (three home runs). |

ALEX COBB, RHP, Tampa Bay 3-2, 2.55 ERA,
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ALEX COBB, RHP, Tampa Bay
3-2, 2.55 ERA, 27 K, 7 BB
The latest product of the Rays’ minor league starting pitching machine. |

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WILSON RAMOS, C, Washington .261 BA, .346 OBP,
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WILSON RAMOS, C, Washington
.261 BA, .346 OBP, .868 OPS, 2 HR
He’s splitting time with Kurt Suzuki, but has been a starter in the past and possesses the talent to reclaim the role. |

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