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Top Pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann, Washington
For this pick, Zimmermann and the New York Mets' Matt Harvey were really close. Most of their numbers are close, but the difference was in quality of competition each has played.
Harvey's only real standout wins were against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, while Zimmermann has gone toe-to-toe with the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Braves in three straight starts, giving up one earned run total.
Top Hitter: Justin Upton, Atlanta/Bryce Harper, Washington
This is the one selection where I went with dual picks because without Upton and Harper, neither the Braves nor the Nationals would be in the position they're in. The other players on their clubs will eventually pick up the slack. But it's hard to discount what each has meant to their team.
Top Rookie: Evan Gattis, Atlanta
El Oso Blanco, as he commonly referred to, Gattis wasn't even one of the top Braves' prospects entering the season. However, with Brian McCann starting the season out on the disabled list, Gattis showed he belonged in the major leagues. While his batting average could stand to improve from .250, the fact that he's a home-run threat every time he steps up to the plate makes him the top rookie in the division thus far.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, the NL East was thought to be one of the strongest divisions, with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals at top. Early on, the Braves were holding up their end of the bargain, while the Nationals struggled.
Recently, the Braves have been slumping, and the Nats have pulled close.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been having difficulties, but not in areas they thought they would. Cole Hamels has only posted a 1-6 record with a 4.61 ERA.
The New York Mets have been poor as well, but Harvey has captured the imagination of the baseball world. And the Miami Marlins are...well, the Miami Marlins.