It happens every baseball season: Players have amazing first halves.
Somehow, light-hitting infielders swat a dozen home runs or a notoriously ineffective pitcher all of a sudden becomes the reincarnation of Randy Johnson. But for the most part, these unlikely heroes revert back to their middling career rates as the season winds on.
Yet every so often, there is the exception—like Jose Bautista in 2010, for instance. After being organizational fodder for several years, the then-29-year-old bashed 24 home runs in the first half of the season. Now, he’s one of the best sluggers in the game.
Following are 25 major league players enjoying shocking, breakout first halves and the odds of them continuing their dynamic play in the second part of the season.