Highlighting the Early Standouts of the NL West

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Highlighting the Early Standouts of the NL West
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Clayton Kershaw is unstoppable in his first two starts of the season.

A week and a half into the 2013 season and the National League West is already looking to be one of the most exciting and competitive divisions in all of baseball.

Carl Crawford and Troy Tulowitzki look to be back in full form, and pitchers like Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner are already dominantly pitching like they have the playoffs in sight.

The Dodgers and their new ownership, led by basketball legend Magic Johnson, have the highest payroll in the National League.  

The Giants are coming off of winning two World Series in the last three years and don't look to be slowing down or losing momentum.  

The youthful Diamondbacks are currently tied for the league lead with the Giants (six wins) and look to be maturing and improving with every game they play.

And though the Rockies and Padres aren't projected to finish at the top of the league, both teams have plenty of young players that can turn heads as the season goes on.

It's safe to say that the West is the division to beat in the National League, and there's sure to be plenty of action and breakout stars as 2013 progresses.  

Let's take a look at some of the early standout stars in the National League West...

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