The first half of the 2012 MLB season brought plenty of surprises.
Many previously unknown players exploded into stardom as teams rose from the cellar to become division leaders.
Some of those teams will cling to playoff births on the backs of their stars.
However, other stars will fade out through the rigors of the long MLB slate, as their teams also fall out of contention.
Here are a few players who will fade out late after having hot starts in 2012.