Over and over last season, baseball fans were told that having a pair of players explode into stardom the way Los Angeles' Mike Trout and Washington's Bryce Harper did doesn't happen all the time and that the duo's accomplishments should be celebrated.
Not to take anything away from those spectacular youngsters, but that's not entirely true.
Every season, a handful of players elevate their games to another level, seemingly becoming stars overnight. Sure, most of those players don't reach the level of superstardom that Trout and Harper have, but they become stars nonetheless.
While the 2013 regular season is still about a month away from reaching its halfway mark, there has been no shortage of players who have morphed into stars right before our eyes, becoming recognizable names to even the most casual fans of America's pastime.
Let's take a look at which players have taken that gigantic step forward.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and current through games of June 14.