Picking the Early Breakout Stars of the AL West

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Picking the Early Breakout Stars of the AL West
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Last April if I told you that a prospect currently playing at Triple-A would come out of nowhere to not only win the AL Rookie of the Year award, but almost the AL MVP as well, would you have believed me?

Perhaps it wasn't a major shock to see Mike Trout win the Rookie of the Year award, but to finish second in the MVP voting?

It just goes to show that as much as we all like to think we know the game of baseball, sometimes the truth is much stranger than the fiction we believe. 

Yet every year it seems that at least one player on each team has a breakout season. Whether that player is a rookie or someone who perhaps has struggled through the early stage of their career depends, but by summer it's usually clear who that special player is. 

Today I figured it might be fun to try identifying which players in the AL West could emerge as the breakout stars in 2013. 

Is there another Mike Trout sitting in the minor leagues waiting to take the majors by storm?

While it might seem unlikely, you never know.

Still whenever it comes to predictions of this nature, I always like to offer my patented disclaimer...

Disclaimer: All picks guaranteed wrong come the All-Star Break...or your money back!

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