MLB's 10 Most Surprising Performances Through the Season's First Quarter

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MLB's 10 Most Surprising Performances Through the Season's First Quarter
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Josh Hamilton has had an amazing start to the season—but is it one of the most surprising?

The 2012 Major League Baseball season started with many expectations and predictions.  Many of these expectations have been met and/or exceeded, while many have not.  Many predictions are still waiting to be fulfilled, while many are not even close.

The first quarter of the season has brought us some interesting storylines.  

Josh Hamilton's amazing start did not make this list of "most surprising performances," but would most definitely make the list of "most amazing performances."  

But for every storyline that I had that I had to eliminate, I was able to find a spectacular one to replace it.

This list is about the most "surprising" performances—the ones that were not expected, or for that matter even imagined.  

I could have imagined Josh Hamilton's "Roy Hobbs"-type abilities, but I could not imagine that someone named A.J. Ellis would be contributing to the Dodgers' charge toward the N.L. West title.

It will be interesting to re-visit this list at the All-Star break.  It is almost certain that some of the names could be removed from here by that point.

Until then let's take a look at some unexpectedly great and not-so-great starts through the first quarter of the 2012 season.

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