When the 2011 MLB Season began, Barry Zito planned to make his comeback, and Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez were potential, if not obvious All-Stars.
Fast-forward to July 1st, where Zito has missed his first starts in his career. Last week he started his first major league game in months. Posey and Sanchez’ injuries don’t need to be discussed, and multiple other players have been out with injuries at one time or another.
This is the season that has given several players the opportunity to prove themselves. Some have broken out as stars, and others have simply done their job.
Either way, these are five players you probably didn’t expect to see in the headlines this year.