Justin Smoak and 5 Post-Hype Sleepers Busting out

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Justin Smoak and 5 Post-Hype Sleepers Busting out
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Many MLB players ascend through the minors and receive labels such as “The Next Big Thing” and some are even deemed the saviors of franchises.

Unfortunately, those designations don’t always pan out (see: Dwight Gooden).

But for some, it just takes a few years to become accustomed to the major leagues. It becomes more evident that baseball is a skill, and raw talent can only take a player so far.

Numerous players this year are currently enjoying solid seasons, even after the hype surrounding them may have diminished.

Here are five players who are finally living up to the hype.

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