MLB: Ten Unknown Top Performers in 2009

Timothy O'BrienCorrespondent IJune 3, 2009

MLB: Ten Unknown Top Performers in 2009

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    24 Feb 2001:  Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox poses for a studio portrait during Spring Training at Tucson Electric Park in Tucson, Arizona.Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport

Nelson Cruz, RF, Texas Rangers

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 04:  Outfielder Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers fields a single against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the MLB game at Angel Stadium on April 4, 2007 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Heath Bell, Closer, San Diego Padres

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    PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 24:  Heath Bell #21 of the San Diego Padres poses during photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Zach Duke, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    PHOENIX - AUGUST 05:  Zach Duke #57 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 5, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01:  Mark Reynolds #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks runs to first base after hitting into a force out to score Gerardo Parra from third base against the Los Angeles Dodgers  in the eight inning of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium

Mark DiFelice, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

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    MILWAUKEE - MAY 10: Mark DiFelice #45 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws the ball against the Chicago Cubs on May 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jason Kubel, LF/DH, Minnesota Twins

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    FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jason Kubel  of the Minnesota Twins poses for a photo during spring training media day on February 25, 2008 at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Mark Buehrle, SP, Chicago White Sox

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 5:  Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Cleveland Indians on April 5, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Indians 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Russell Branyan, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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    SEATTLE  - MAY 24:  Russell Branyan #30 of the Seattle Mariners swings at the pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants on May 24, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Torii Hunter, CF, Los Angeles Angels

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    SEATTLE - MAY 21:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Seattle Mariners during the game on May 21, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres

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    PHOENIX - MAY 26:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 26, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)