These are the guys the scouts say, "Oh, he will be an average player." And they go above and beyond expectations.
They are the youngsters who no one knows that have their breakout year.
The fourth or fifth starter, who ends up being a little more than that.
These are the 10 pleasant surprises of 2009.
The stats that I mainly use are going to be the sabermetrics, mostly WAR value, RAR value for pitchers, and the UZR/fielding ratings. Although occasionally I will use the traditional stats, too.
Without any further rambling, here are baseball's biggest surprises...