Early-Season MLB Phenoms We Should Not Take Seriously

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Early-Season MLB Phenoms We Should Not Take Seriously
David Goldman

There's nothing quite like early-season statistics in Major League Baseball, specifically when it comes to red-hot starts. If a flawed player posted an outstanding June, July or August, few fans and media members would give it much thought.

In April, however, it carries intrigue. With the month coming to a close, 10 players—five everyday contributors and five starting pitchers—have opened eyes around the sport. With 2014 All-Star Game balloting already underway, all 10 of the players on this list deserve at least some consideration for July's extravaganza. 

Of course, a hot start doesn't guarantee a great year or a season truly deserving of a trip to Target Field in July. As you'll see, early-season phenoms come in all shapes and sizes. From star-caliber hitters to future Cy Young contenders to journeyman relishing in the spotlight, almost anyone can put together big statistics for a month.

If we dig deeper, however, flaws emerge. When the dust settles, don't expect a 2014 MVP or Cy Young winner to emerge from this group. 

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted, and are valid through the start of play on April 29. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Roster projections via MLB Depth Charts.

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