The first quarter of the MLB season has seen its fair share of pleasant surprises, from breakout hitter performances to rebounding seasons.

After losing his job last season, Byrd wasn't expected to be closer to Colorado again, but he reclaimed the role and shined in the process.

Daniel Bard, RP, Rockies

The veteran right-hander has locked down games with nine saves and 19 strikeouts in 13.1 innings through May 17.

Daniel Bard, RP, Rockies

Pittsburgh may not play much this season, but they play arguably the best reliever in baseball.

David Bedner, RP, Pirates

 Bednar shone with 1.00 ERA in seven saves in his first 15 appearances, fanning out 25 batsmen in 18 innings.

David Bedner, RP, Pirates

Blackburn added velocity this season and has been one of the best starters in MLB as a result.

Paul Blackburn, SP, Athletics

He was 4–0 with a 1.67 ERA, going through seven starts, with a total of five batsmen.

Paul Blackburn, SP, Athletics

Of all the candidates to become a Yankees ace, Cortés has been his best performer.

Nestor Cortes, SP, Yankees

He has a league-best 1.35 ERA and 49/11K/BB with seven starts in 40 innings.

Nestor Cortes, SP, Yankees

After a strong second half in 2021, Krone picked up where he left off. He leads the NL with 10 home runs, putting himself in the MVP conversation.

cj krone, 1b, rockies

Drew was just trying to make the MLB roster at Spring Training, but he has turned into Cincinnati's most productive offensive player.

Brandon Drury, UT, Reds

He is showing the ability that made him a high-end prospect already in his career, playing .243-7-22 in 31 matches with .842 OPS.

Brandon Drury, UT, Reds

Jimenez clearly needed more seasoning when it came to the Majors with Cleveland last year, but he showed he now has his time with his performances this year.

Andres Gimenez, 2B, Guardians

Plate patience has been an issue, but Jimenez is hitting .323-4-20, with 10 extra-base hits in 100 plate appearances.

Andres Gimenez, 2B, Guardians

Texas acquired Mitch Garver ahead of the season, but the back of the hem plate looks like their best option. He has hit .277-4-12, with 10/8 Bb/K with more than 75 plate appearances to improve plate discipline.

Jonah Heim, C, Rangers