The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Year after year, we watch players at different points of their career put together a season of work that makes us stand up and take notice, wondering exactly where it came from and, in some cases, where it's been.
This season has followed that blueprint.
Let's take a look at those players who have broken out in 2013, elevating their games to levels we've not seen before—and increasing the expectations that we have of them going forward.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of August 27.
*All historical statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference's Play Index (subscription required).
*I am a big fan of the wRC+ statistic, which you will see referenced throughout this piece. Click here for a detailed explanation of what it means and how it all works.