We're at the quarter mark of the Major League Baseball season, which means that we have enough of a sample size to read into the play we've seen thus far.
Slow starts? We have enough data to get to the bottom of it.
Hot start? Same thing.
And this year, we've seen some exceptionally hot starts from sources you didn't expect to see at the top of the stats leaderboards.
Some of these starts are flying under-the-radar because of poor play by teams, others are being overlooked because they're not household names. For some, both things are true. Poor guys.
But they will fly under the radar no more — here are the 10 best, unheralded starts at the plate to the 2017 season:
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Corey Dickerson - OF - Rays
I get it — no one cares about the Rays. They're certainly not a team that's in the national interest.
But you should pay attention to Corey Dickerson's start — it's worthy of serious All-Star consideration.
So far this season, Dickerson has posted a slash line of .335/.382/.608, good for an OPS-plus of 173.
If that's not good enough to make the All-Star Game, we're all in trouble.
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Matt Kemp - OF - Braves
Remember when Kemp was one of the best players in the National League? (And dated Rihanna?) He's hitting like that again to start the 2017 season. (I cannot speak to his dating life.)
So far this year, in 27 games, Kemp has a slash line of .339/.377/.600. He might live up to that big contract the Padres unloaded not too long ago.
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Michael Conforto - OF - Mets
The future is now for Conforto, who has solidified himself as an everyday outfielder for the drama-filled Mets.
He's slashing .310/.393/.638 through his first 36 games this year.
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Zack Cozart - SS - Reds
The entire Reds offense deserves to be on this list, but Cozart is going to be singled out because he's having a downright monster year, slashing .350/.437/.608.
What's behind the huge start? You can credit a Troutian 14.1 percent walk rate to a 16.9 percent strikeout rate. He's also hitting .404 on balls in play, which is part luck and part having a career-best 33.7 percent hard-hit ball rate.
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Jean Segura - SS - Mariners
The switch to the American League has been great for the Seattle shortstop, who leads the league in batting average and is getting on base nearly 40 percent of the time.
Almost as impressive is his .492 slugging percentage — he's carrying over the career-year form from Arizona, where he experimented with a new, lower-hand batting stance. The results are still there — the stance can stay.
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Avisail Garcia - OF - White Sox
At 25 years old, the one-time elite prospect might finally be putting it together. So far in 2017 the White Sox outfielder is hitting .348/.395/.553.
Can it last? His low walk rate and .406 BABIP say no. An increased pull and fly-ball rate and the fact that only 17 percent of his contract is soft gives some indication the inevitable regression might not be a massive correction.
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Jedd Gyorko - 3B - Cardinals
The guy with the funny game isn't giving pitchers any reason to laugh this year — he's mashing.
It's not just a career-best start for Gyorko — it's a shocking departure from his career form.
So far in 2017 Gyorko is hitting .331/.383/.593. Yes, Jedd Gyorko is doing that.
Yes, Gyorko hit 30 homers last year, but he did so with a .306 OBP. Right now, there's not much you can point to explain the hot start other than a BABIP .386 — hard-hit, line-drive, fly-ball, walk, and strikeout rates are relatively steady year-to-year.
That said, Gyorko had a BABIP of .244, so maybe luck is evening out.
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Mark Reynolds - 1B - Rockies
Reynolds started the season as the Rockies' starting first baseman after Ian Desmond's spring training injury, but he hasn't stood down since Desmond's return — you can't take that bat out of the lineup.
Reynolds has an OPS of 1.000 this year thanks to a career-low strikeout rate. If the strikeouts stay low, Reynolds could keep mashing like this all year.
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Yonder Alonso - 1B - A's
Alonso is the new poster child of the fly ball revolution. This season, he's changed his batting stance — his leg kick is higher — and he's elevating the ball like never before.
Going into this season, Alonso's best ground ball to fly ball ratio in his career was 1.11. There was a reason he had never hit more than 10 homers in a season.
This year, he already has 12 and is on pace to hit as many homers this season as he hit in his entire career?
The secret is that he's putting the ball in the air.
Alonso has a 0.48 GB/FB ratio this season — a shocking number.
In turn, he's having one of the best offensive seasons in baseball, slashing .271/.372/.619.
Keep elevating, Yonder.
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Miguel Sano - 3B - Twins
Sano can make the case that he's the best power hitter in baseball not named Mike Trout right now.
Sano has always possessed prodigious power — his exit velocity has Twins fans rushing to Statcast on the regular — but his strikeout rates were historically bad.
Sano made an adjustment heading into this season, though: he lowered his hands in his stance.
Sano is always going to strike out more than the average guy — he swings hard — but the new hand position has given him the confidence that he can catch up to the best fastballs, and that has him working counts better and walking nearly 20 percent of the time, a dramatic improvement.
And when he gets pitches in the zone, he's pounding them — his exit velocity average of 98.4 is four miles per hour faster than the next-best hitter in the game. In all, he's slashing .287/.427/.643 with 10 homers and perhaps his first All-Star Game appearance.