Baseball is a mental game, and if you start doing something right, it can take you a long way. Many players have done that so far this season, showing that they can play well and defy the odds. These five players I've chosen for numerous reasons, showing the world that they are really good. Some are rookies, and some are stars. But, they all have reasons to be watched for.
The Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Watch:
Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown last year, and now is looking to become the first to do it twice. With a .367 average (1st in AL), 17 HR (2nd in AL), and 65 RBI (1st in AL), Cabrera has a shot to do the unbelievable. And, he shows no signs of slowing down. You better be watching Cabrera for the remainder of this season.
Domonic Brown's Powerful Swing:
The Dom Bomb is the thing in Philly. And, why not be excited? After a promising spring, Brown took until May to show his "former top prospect material". But, we found out that it was good to wait. After 12 bombs in May, Brown is now atop the leaders in homers in the National League. His average went from .233 to .272 just in the month of May. He batted .303 with 12 HR and 25 RBI in the month, putting him as the power hitter in the Phils lineup.
Shelby Miller's Fantastic Rookie Season:
Miller has been the best rookie in the NL so far, showing that he may just be able to achieve the rookie of the year. With a 6-3 record, and a 1.82 ERA, Miller has been able to dominate hitters like he has been doing it for years. He also has 72 SO in 69.1 IP this season, allowing only 51 hits, while only walking 17. Miller has played a big part in the Cardinals success, and only looks up from here.
From Janitor to Ballplayer: Evan Gattis
Entering the season without their catcher Brian McCann, the Braves had Evan Gattis tryout to become their catcher. Formally a janitor, Gattis showed hitting potential, but wasn't the greatest behind the plate. The Braves took a chance, and boy did they get lucky, or maybe it was just good scouting. Or both. Gattis has 12 HR and is batting .269 and has a .995 fielding percentage. He's shown that he can play, and he's only 26 years old!
Yu Darvish's Chance for 300 SO:
Darvish has been very dominant this season, and now he's on pace for 300 SO! He's averaging 12.3 SO/9 and is almost always getting a Rangers win every five days. He could become the first pitcher with 300 SO since 2002. Darvish has been the favorite to start the All Star game and potentially win the AL Cy Young.