It's been a total of six days since the 2023 season started. Of course everyone has players their looking at to have huge seasons and one of those players might just be on this list. However, some may not.
(The players listed are in no particular order)
1. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates
Bryan Reynolds and the Pirates have been going back and forth on contract extensions for what seems to be forever. He hasn't let any of that distract him from opening the 2023 season ready to go. In 2023 he's slashing .429/.455/1.048 with 4 home runs and 6 RBIs in 21 AB. Reynolds is a player who everyone should expect to keep this up.
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Padres
Xander Bogaerts entered 2023 in a new uniform but he's still producing at the level he always has. To start 2023 he's slashing .409/.440/.955 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in 22 AB. Xander also has 3 homers in 3 straight games. With Bogaerts in this potent Padres' lineup, expect him to see pitches to hit and keep these numbers going.
3. Will Smith, C, Dodgers
Will Smith is a Dodger who can be a bit shadowed, especially in recent years. With a team made up of players such as Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Clayton Kershaw that can be a bit easy. Smith has definitely showed why he deserves that recognition. In 2023, he's slashing .400/.474/.867 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in 15 ABs. He also has those 3 homers in 3 straight games.
4. C.J. Cron, 1B, Rockies
C.J. Cron is a name that can fly under the radar quite quickly in this league given the team he plays for. Playing in Colorado, a small market, isn't exactly a bad thing however. In 2023, Cron is slashing .350/.409/.900 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in 20 AB. Cron has settled into a reliable player who can smash a ton of home runs, playing in Coors. Having three credited to his name so far, expect that number to skyrocket as the season progresses.
5. Brian Anderson, 3B, Brewers
Brian Anderson in his first five games is really showing up. He's slashing .533/.579/1.200 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 AB. Anderson has been a solid addition to this Brewers team who will be competing for the top spot in the NL Central. In his first year in Milwaukee, he's been impressive thus far, it'll be exciting to see how far he rides his hot bat.
6. Adam Duvall, OF, Red Sox
Adam Duvall broke out in 2021 for the Braves. Flash forward to 2023, he signed a deal with Boston and he's showing those same flashes he did in 2021. To start the season, he's slashing .476/.542/1.000 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs in 21 AB. Duvall is most certainly going to get playing time in Boston, especially if he keeps these numbers going. It's a great sight to see Duvall get off to a hot start when many wondered if he'd even have a job come opening day.
As everyone knows, it's extremely early in the season. However, as baseball fans, everyone loves to see how long these hot starts can last. It'll be interesting to see where these numbers end up once the full 162 comes to an end.