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Updated Top 5 Candidates for 2014 NL Comeback Player of the Year

Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
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There are several deserving players who are having impressive rebound seasons in the NL this season. Here are five candidates who are legit contenders for this year's trophy.

5. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies

Justin Morneau Colorado Rockies
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5. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies

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The four-time All-Star first baseman is batting .324 -- 65 points higher than a year ago -- and is on a pace to collect the most hits he has had in a single season since 2008.

4. Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins

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4. Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins

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The journeyman corner infielder played in Japan last year and won the NPB title with the Rakuten Eagles. The 31-year-old is batting .306 with 30 extra-base hits and 60 RBIs in 118 games this season.

3. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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3. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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A broken ankle abruptly ended the veteran right-hander's season last year, but the 39-year-old has rebounded in a big way for the Giants. The sinker-baller has compiled an 8-9 record with a sparkling 2.81 ERA and just 24 free passes over 150.1 innings thus far this season.

2. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

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2. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs
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The 24-year-old shortstop suffered through his worst season in the big leagues last year and finished with a dismal .245 batting mark. However, the youngest player to lead the Senior Circuit in hits has regained his swagger and is hitting .285 with 12 home runs, 31 doubles and 62 RBIs.

1. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
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1. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
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The 28-year-old staff ace was limited to just 11 starts last year due to a slew of injuries, but he has been in dominant form this season. Cueto made his debut in the All-Star Game this year and is currently 14-6 with a 2.06 ERA and 181 strikeouts over 179.2 frames.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.