The 2013 Boston Red Sox have risen to the top of the AL East not because of superlative superstar performances, but rather due to the contributions of many.
They have taken a step back from their stars-first approach and have instead looked to piece together a team filled with capable veterans and young players determined to make an impact.
The results, thus far, have been beyond what most experts could have expected.
As in previous years, though, the Sox have had injuries serve as the greatest impediment to their success.
Key players like Clay Buchholz, Shane Victorino and Andrew Bailey have already spent significant time on the DL, and have also proven to be susceptible to reinjury once they do make it back.
Fortunately, the Sox also have a well-stocked farm system that has talent at multiple positions.
The organization has placed a lot of emphasis this season on getting these younger players experience at the MLB level even when tradition dictates they might not be 100 percent ready.
Here are five of these prospects that Sox fans may see in the second half of the season: