Breakout Star: Alex Gordon (.340/.379/.552, 6 HR, 31 RBI)
If you don't think this one counts as a breakout star because people have heard of Gordon before, save your vitriol until the next slide.
Gordon has been good for the past two seasons, but he shared the spotlight with either Billy Butler or Melky Cabrera. This year, he has been the lone star in the lineup, shining brightly amidst a sea of duds.
It looks like he'll be one of the few people giving Miguel Cabrera a run for his money in the race for the AL batting title. Gordon has never batted better than .303 in a season, but he's just now starting to hit his prime.
Bust: Jeff Francoeur (.217/.252/.309, 1 HR, 37 K)
I would say that it's time to give up hope on Francoeur if I thought there were any people left that are still disillusioned enough to have said hope.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Francoeur has a batting average of .231. Of the 15 people with at least 750 plate appearances and a batting average of .240 or worse, his 17 home runs and six stolen bases make him one of the three with a combined total of home runs and stolen bases less than 30.
Twelve of the guys are at least making regular contributions in some way, shape or form to almost justify their terrible batting average. But these three guys are pretty much the definition of worthless.
Who are the two aside from Francoeur, you ask? One of them is Carlos Pena, who is platooning at-bats in Houston with a guy on pace to set the single-season strikeout record. The other is Dustin Ackley, who is currently in Triple-A because even the Seattle Mariners couldn't stand to watch him anymore.
Here's another horrendous group of three that Francoeur is a part of: Francoeur, Eric Hosmer and Michael Young are the only players with at least 750 plate appearances and a negative WAR since the start of the 2012 season.
Francoeur "leads" that group with an incredible -2.1, meaning the Royals would literally be two wins better off by benching him and starting Jarrod Dyson in right (when he gets off the disabled list).
(Also considered Eric Hosmer since he's also on the list of negative WAR guys, but Francoeur really might be the biggest bust of anyone in the league.)