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3 MLB Hitters Enjoying Surprising Aprils

05/01/2014 06:01 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2014

If there's one thing prudent baseball observers dread the most, it's the inevitable sweeping analysis -- for better or worse -- based on a small sample size (SSS). But even though the 2014 baseball season is still in its infancy, there are a variety of players enjoying surprising Aprils that could realistically enjoy fruitful 2014 seasons, too.

Josmil Pinto
When catchers prove to be more than just a guy who can receive pitches, it's hard for fans to not fall head over heels. And in Josmil Pinto's case, the backstop has upped the ante by producing as such at the tender age of 25.

The Minnesota Twins' prospect initially made the team as Kurt Suzuki's backup, but quickly surpassed the light-hitting veteran by April 10. Over 79 plate appearances, Pinto has posted a park-adjusted 150 OPS+, 21.5 percent walk rate and five home runs.

And even though SB Nation's John Sickels labeled Pinto's glove as "so-so" prior to the season, Sickels also concluded "[his] bat will play." To date, that has certainly been the case.