The biggest surprises in the first quarter of the 2022 Major League Baseball season

From breakout-hitting performances to rebound seasons, the first quarter of the MLB season has been full of unexpected surprises. These are the top 25 biggest surprises of the year so far.

After losing his position last season, Bard wasn't expected to return as Colorado's closer, but he has and has excelled in the process. Through May 17, the veteran right-hander had nine saves and 19 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work.

Daniel Bard, RP, Rockies

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Pittsburgh isn't playing for much this season, but they have baseball's best reliever. Bednar has a 1.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings in his first 15 appearances.

David Bednar, RP, Pirates

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Cortes is the Yankees' best ace candidate. In seven starts, he has a 1.35 ERA and 49/11 K/BB.

Nestor Cortes, SP, Yankees

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Cron has continued his strong 2021 second half. With 10 homers, he's in the MVP conversation.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Rockies

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Gimenez needed more seasoning when he joined Cleveland last year, but he's ready now. Gimenez's plate patience has been an issue. 100 plate appearances, 323-4-20, 10 extra-base hits.

Andres Gimenez, 2B, Guardians

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Hosmer was rumoured to be traded before Opening Day, but he's been hot since. Padres 1B hits. 346-4-24 as a starter.

Eric Hosmer, 1B, Padres

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Kelly has shown early dominance under new pitching coach Brent Strom. First eight starts: 3.27 ERA, 40 Ks in 44 IP.

Merrill Kelly, SP, Diamondbacks

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