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Chris Coghlan – Miami Marlins – Outfielder

Coming back from an injury that kept him out of action most of last year, Coghlan is struggling to return to the form that saw him win Rookie of the Year and make several plays that were featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Ten plays. He has made 19 appearances in games this season and is hitting .118 with two RBI.

Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds – Shortstop

Cozart debuted with the Reds last season, but he is now the everyday starter at shortstop and a potential Rookie of the Year candidate. Cozart has played in all 23 of Cincinnati’s games this season and holds a .258 batting average to go along with four RBI and one home run.

Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – Pitcher

Lynn played a huge role in the Cardinals’ bullpen to help St. Louis win the World Series last season, and he was expected to fill the same role this season. However, Chris Carpenter hurt himself during spring training leaving a spot in the starting rotation open for Lynn, and he’s making the most of the opportunity. He’s made five starts this year and is 5-0, which ties for the Major League lead, with a 1.60 earned run average. Lynn has given up just six runs in his 33.2 innings of work this season to go along with 30 strikeouts to just seven walks.

Matt Maloney – Minnesota Twins – Pitcher 

Maloney missed most of the 2011 campaign due to injury and was traded to the Twins during the offseason. So far this season, he has pitched in eight games, all in relief, and holds a 1-0 record and 7.36 earned run average. Maloney is also a guy in the Twins’ bullpen that can spot start if any injuries arise in the starting rotation.

Drew Pomeranz – Colorado Rockies – Pitcher

After a few starts at the end of last season, Pomeranz made the Rockies rotation to start the season, but he hasn’t had the success he had hoped for at the beginning of the season. Pomeranz has made four starts and holds a 4.05 earned run average along with a 0-1 record. He has also struck out 18 batters in 20.0 innings pitched. In his third start, Pomeranz left the game with tightness in his forearm of his throwing hand, but he bounced back yesterday throwing 6.2 innings giving up one run on just four hits with five strikeouts agains the Dodgers. 

Alex Presley – Pittsburgh Pirates – Left Fielder

Presley has been a consistent bat in the Pirates lineup this season. He has played in 22 of Pittsburgh’s 23 games this year and is hitting at a clip of .271 with five RBI, one home run and three stolen bases. Presley snapped a 12-game hit streak on Sunday.

Seth Smith – Oakland Athletics – Right Fielder

After being traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Athletics in the offseason, Smith’s role this season will be a platoon outfielder and designated hitter to face right-handed pitchers. So far this season, Smith has played in 24 games and is batting .215 with seven RBI and two home run.