This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
I have no doubt I'll leave off someone who you expect to see here, but this is my crack at the "All-Surprise Team" for the first part of 2019. Some of these guys have had solid seasons in recent years but are trending toward new heights, while others (Pence) have simply blown their low expectations out of the water.
If you don't see a guy here that you'd like a quick blurb on, please ask in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!
C - Mitch Garver, MIN
Jason Castro and his .899 OPS still figure into the mix, but for now, Garver looks like the catcher to own in Minnesota. In 132 PA, Garver is hitting a robust .310/.394/.664 with 11 homers and a 9.8 BB percentage. The 28-year-old had a respectable .749 OPS last year, but everything about his profile screamed "backup material." He does have a .804 career minor league OPS to go with excellent ratios, including a 12.1 BB percentage and 18 K percentage, but he also had a .928 OPS in his last extended Triple-A stint in 2017, so he's shown the ability to get off to a hot start. Sustaining that is another question. Garver's batted ball profile is encouraging, including a 50 percent FB percentage and 46.3 percent hard hit rate, and though his 26.8 percent HR/FB rate should trend down, I wouldn't be stunned to see him with 20 homers and a .280 BA at year's end. Not bad for