By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 18, 2014
Unexpected players shine in MLB each year, and this season has been no different. Here is a look at the 10 most surprising players in MLB this season.
Although he has never been ranked as a top prospect by any major outlet, Khris Davis has hit everywhere he has played. Last season, in Ryan Braun's absence Davis became one of the most imposing sluggers in the game. This season, he has continued to slug by being one of the Milwaukee Brewers' biggest run producers. Soon he may become the best 'Davis' in the game.
While in Cuba, Jose Abreu was viewed as an elite slugger. He has remained one of the best while playing at the highest level in MLB. Although he spent sometime on the disabled list this season, he is tied for the league lead with 31 home runs.
The signing of Francisco Rodriguez was an afterthought by many Brewers fans, but he has exceeded all expectations. He was not only voted into the All-Star game, but he leads all of baseball with 38 saves. Some thought his career was over, but at just 32 years old, Rodriguez is proving that he has plenty of baseball left.
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For years Dee Gordon was supposed to be a star, but he has never proven to be able to hit well enough at the major league level to take full advantage of his speed. With a .288 batting average this season, he has become a menace on the bases. He leads baseball with 56 steals and is fully becoming the player the Los Angeles Dodgers believed he could be.
Last season, Corey Dickerson debuted batting .263 with five home runs. This season, he has become a feared bat in the Colorado Rockies' lineup. Through his first 99 games, he has a .326 batting average with 17 homers and 57 RBIs. While the Rockies' season has been a nightmare, Dickerson has been a pleasant surprise.
At just 5-foot-6, Jose Altuve does not look like much of an athlete, but the small second baseman has become a star in Houston. Although he plays on the floundering Houston Astros, he leads baseball in hits and batting average, and is the American League steal leader.
The Cincinnati Reds have seen injuries throughout their roster, but without Alfredo Simon, they would have no chance at a playoff spot. He not only made his first All-Star game this season, but is in the top 10 in wins this season. With a 3.28 ERA, he has been one of the best pitchers on the Reds' roster this season.
As a utility player, Josh Harrison is one of the most valuable players on the Pittsburgh Pirates' roster. He was not only an All-Star this year, but he is among league leaders with a .309 batting average. Being someone who can play all over the field, Harrison is a player that every team desires.
Chris Young had not pitched since 2012 when he was a member of the New York Mets, but he has been a dominant piece of baseball's best rotation this season. Although he was signed to just a .25 million contract, Young has returned to baseball with a 12-6 record and a 3.07 ERA.
At this time last season, Casey McGehee was trying to resurrect his career by playing in Japan. He has returned this season to be a run producer in the center of the Miami Marlins' lineup. With a .300 average and 60 RBIs, he is in the midst of his best season since 2010.
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