Baseball is an untimed game, but in at least one way, it operates like clockwork. Every season, without fail, new stars are born before our eyes. For various reasons -- some forced by the emerging stars themselves and others by circumstance -- the game manages to develop fresh talent on a regular basis. And again this year, unsurprisingly, fans have enjoyed the unforeseen ascents of several youngsters.
The following five burgeoning Major Leaguers have broken out in a big way, exceeding their preseason prognostications by Labor Day. And given their skill sets, all have the tools to sustain their success.
Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.