Contrary to popular opinion, players do not need to be at the beginning of their careers or have never had success as pros in order to have a breakout season.
For whatever the reason—and there are many, including lack of consistent playing time and injury—sometimes it takes longer for things to click and fall into place for one player than it does for another.
To be sure, there are different levels of breaking out. But when the stars do finally align, they always bring with them big numbers and memorable moments along the way.
It happens every year, and 2013 is no different. Who are the biggest breakout stars through nearly three months of the regular season?
Let's take a look.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of June 24.