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10 MLB Star Players Who are On Fire Early

10 MLB Star Players Who are On Fire Early

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With the fireworks of Opening Day having gone by we can now take a look at what is going on with our favorite MLB star players. Some are really having a tough time of it already in 2014 regular season but others are not. Here are 10 players who are playing with their head in the clouds early on. A couple of honorable mentions go out to two comeback player of the year possibilities; Justin Morneau and Josh Hamilton. Both are batting .500 early on.

10 – Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

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10 – Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

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The runner-up to the 2013 National League MVP is off to another good start. While his batting average isn't as high as a few others, Goldschmidt's .444 average has stood up through four games compared to only two for most others on this list. Add in an RBI and three runs scored and he is off to a very hot start already this year.

9 – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies

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9 – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies

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Not a lot is going right for the Rockies through the first two games of the season but one thing that looks right is CarGo. He is batting a hefty .429 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored. When healthy it seems he is almost an automatic run producer. Keep in mind also that one of his two games played came against Jose Fernandez.

8 – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

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8 – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

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When the Braves finally broke through in Milwaukee in their second game of the season, who could be surprised that Freeman would be one of the leading hitters responsible? Jason Heyward added a two-run home run but Freeman is hot through both games with a 1.786 OPS, 2 home runs and 2 RBI.

7 – Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins

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7 – Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins

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Don't look now but the Marlins look very good early on. It isn't just that they have scored a few runs, it is how they have scored them. One big player so far for them is Ozuna. He has a huge .571 batting average with one home run, one RBI and three runs scored. If this team gets a couple of others going along with him, they could be very tough to beat early.

6 – Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers

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6 – Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers

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Some suggest that the Brewers will be a surprise contender in the National League Central and they have done nothing yet to prove that a silly notion. Leading the offensive charge for them is Ramirez who is clearly moving around better on his legs this season and is making a difference already. He has a .571 batting average and has driven in three of the four runs they have scored this season.

5 – Alex Rios – Texas Rangers

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5 – Alex Rios – Texas Rangers

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There is something brewing over in Arlington as the Rangers are fighting things out with the Phillies. They already have a nice walk-off win to their credit. One big producer so far is the returning Alex Rios who is batting .500 with one home run and three RBI through the first two games.

4 – Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners

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4 – Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners

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You will see another Mariners player on this list and to be fair, though he didn't quite make the list, Robinson Cano has been awesome early as well. Ackley is hitting a big-time .571 with three runs scored and four RBI early on. If they keep scoring runs after finishing playing the Los Angeles Angels, their offseason will begin to look like money well spent.

3 – Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants

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3 – Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants

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It is hard to get a read on the Giants just yet but it is not difficult to get a bead on how Belt is playing so far. How does a .556 batting average with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored sound to you? To be sure the Giants are not getting that from everyone just yet but Belt is doing his part and the part of a couple of other guys' as well.

2 - Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays

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2 - Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays

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Joyce just misses the top spot here based only on run production but he is hitting better than anyone right now in the batting average department with a huge .800 average. That will come down of course but it isn't an empty number. He has three RBI and a couple of runs scored to go along with it. Joyce could continue to see a lot of time if he keeps that up.

1 – Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners

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1 – Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners

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It is kind of interesting that the two top-producing Mariners after their big money offseason are Mariners who were already there. Smoak was even rumored by a few to be a trade candidate coming into Spring Training. Well, that might be true now more than ever at least from the standpoint of other teams wanting him. He has a 1.681 OPS with one home run and six big RBI. I would say he's on fire early on.