Finding breakout stars in Major League Baseball just one month into the season can be a difficult task. On the one hand, if a player maintains a high level of performance over a full year, you can see how April and early May helped shape that success.
But then there are the players who come storming out of the gate, much to the surprise of fans. A perfect example of this would be Bryan LaHair, a journeyman minor leaguer who got a shot to play full time with the Chicago Cubs last year.
LaHair came on like a house of fire, hitting .390/.471/.780 in April and parlaying that single month into an appearance on the National League All-Star roster. But you could tell from his 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats that it wasn't going to last.
So as we go over some of the top breakout performances from the early part of 2013, we are going to tell you who is for real and who is going to get a reality check very soon.
Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted. Stats up to date through games on May 6.