Here are ten players, in no particular order, who have improved from last year and have helped their team in 2008.
1) Christian Guzman, Washington Nationals - Guzman is a shortstop with Washington who had two difficult seasons in Washington before having a breakout season this year. He is batting .303 with 3 homers and 15 RBIs. Guzman bats second in the lineup and has scored 22 runs.
2) Daniel Cabrera, Baltimore Orioles - Cabrera has electric stuff but always was wild and you never knew what kind of outing you would get from him. He was prone to giving up walks during a game. After two tough starts to begin the year, he has been very consistent. In his last five starts, he has only given up a combined ten runs.
3) Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians - Lee is 6-0 with a 0.81 ERA. If he continues to pitch well, he will be a candidate for the Cy Young. He only had five wins total last year.
4) Xavier Nady, Pittsburgh Pirates - Nady is batting .349 with 5 homers and 34 RBIs. He would be a good fit with the Mets or any other team that needs a solid right fielder.
5) Mark Hendrickson, Florida Marlins - Hendrickson is the ace of the Marlins staff and is going for his sixth win of the year tonight against the Brewers. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Marlins.
6) Andy Sonnanstine, Tampa Bay Rays - Sonnanstine is 5-1 with the Rays this year after only going 6-10 last season.
7) Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks - Upton is batting .345 with 5 homers and 16 RBIs after struggling last year with a .221 average in 43 games last season.
8) Lance Berkman, Houston Astros - Berkman leads the Astros in many offensive catagories so far and has 11 homers and 33 RBIs. He had good numbers last year but he struggled and got into a bad hitting slump many times.
9) Kurt Suzuki, Oakland A's - Suzuki is batting leadoff for Oakland and is batting .283 with a homer and 12 RBIs. The catcher has helped the pitching staff tremendously as well.
10) Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs - Soto should merit consideration as the National League starting catcher in the All Star Game. He is batting .345 with 6 homers and 24 RBIs. Soto's bat has been very impressive.