Early Standouts of the Season

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We’ve just began the third week of the MLB season, and already several players have had amazing starts to the 2016 season. They’ll be looking to continue that early season success for the rest of the season, but let’s take a look at some of the standouts–some not so surprising and others on the contrary:

Trevor Story: We can’t have an early standout article with the top rookie of 2016 thus far. The rookie phenom has hit a record 8 home runs and has driven in 14 while batting a solid .288. Story only began the season in the majors due to Jose Reyes’ DV case, but he’s definitely shown that he belongs in the show.

Nolan Arenado: Story’s infield mate, Arenado, has continued his success from last year into the early goings of this season as well. Nolan is batting .281 with 6 HRs and 16 RBIs.

Bryce Harper: The reigning NL MVP has not slowed down this year as he’s hit 7 home runs, driven in an amazing 20 runs while batting .333. He’s also stolen 3 bags this year in his chase to defend his MVP crown.

Kenta Maeda: Through 3 starts this year, Maeda has an excellent 0.47 ERA in 19 IP. He’s struck out 15 and has earned two wins. Maeda has gracefully stepped in to Zack Greinke’s spot in the Dodgers rotation.

Noah Syndergaard: Through 20 IP, Thor is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and has struck out a whopping 29 batters. He has racked up several triple digit pitches on the radar gun for the Mets this year.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia: After taking over the starting catcher duties due to James McCann hitting the DL, Salty has hit a long ball in four of his last five starts, with a total of 5 on the young season. He’s batting .300 and has driven in 14 this year.

Tyler White: The Astros’ rookie first baseman has hit .384 while hitting 4 long balls and driving in 11 runs this year.

Mat Latos: Signed to a $3 million deal in the offseason, Latos is outperforming his salary already with 3 wins in 18.1 IP over 3 games. He has a 0.49 ERA and a stellar 0.60 WHIP.

These are just some of the early season stars so far. There have been several other standouts such as Luke Gregerson, Jordan Zimmermann, and Jose Altuve just to name a few. The interesting part is seeing if these stars can keep up their torrid pace or will they inevitably fall in the near future?

Any other performances that you believe has had a stellar start to the season, whether its from an established player or a possible breakout candidate?

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