Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/22/13
  Every year in baseball provides something different. The elder players are finding their way out, the younger players are finding their stride, and as always, a fresh crop of rookies comes through. With each rookie comes a surprise, something new. However, surprises can come in many forms in baseball, from the baby-faced rookie all the way to the seasoned veteran. In 2013, we’ve had just that. In no particular order, here is a list of 10 players who put up a surprising first half of their 2013 campaign. (Players with an asterisk* next to their name were selected for the all-star team this year, two** if they started) Josh Donaldson – Age 27 – Third Baseman – Oakland Athletics As a first round pick in 2007 by the Chicago Cubs as a catcher, Donaldson spent just a year in the Cubs minor league system before being moved in a 2008 trade with Oakland that sent Donaldson, Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, and Eric Patterson to the West Coast in exchange for pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudi...
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