- Melky for sure
- the White Sox and the A's, and to a lesser extent the Nats.
Can't argue with those. Or Trout. And don't forget Harper. Again, like Trout, he was a top prospect, but who expected this at age 19?
I would add the Pirates and Orioles. Good to see those franchises compete again.
I don't understand why people associate trout and harper this year other than they are both young. Trout has a 1.000+ ops while harper has a .740 ops. Both young and good. Buy only one has truly outperformed what was expected.
See, I'd argue Harper at 19 freaking years old is far surpassing expectations thus far. He would still be the youngest player in AA I believe (though Bogaerts is around the same age).
Harper is an above average major leaguer already, and at his age, historically those guys end up in the Hall of Fame. Trout at a similar age was much worse. Trout might be having the best season of his career...it's not unprecedented, as A-Rod peaked at 21 as well.
My best friend is a huge Royals fan, and I remember telling him Sale was best college pitcher that year and when they took Colon, I still haven't let him live that down (he wasn't pleased with Colon either).
The White Sox have really surprised me.
How bad I think Matheny has been. I mean, his son is obviously a genius (attending Missouri State in the fall), so I'm surprised at how many things he's done I've felt have been folly.
The Reds record. They have very few elite talents outside of Votto, but they're playing great until recently.