JOHN F. RHODES - 104673 Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park, 2006: Probably Dallas' most notable player in the big leagues right now, and the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, the Highland Park standout has been a driving force for the Dodgers' success in 2013. His sub 2.00 ERA makes him one of the most difficult starting pitchers to score on in the last 20 years, and at 25 years old he has a bright future to follow.
Stephen Dunn - Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
see caption - Digital File_UPLOAD Evan Gattis, Bishop Lynch, 2004: The whirlwind life of Evan Gattis made him a bit of a "is he for real" celebrity in 2013 after he made the club out of spring training. El Oso Blanco, as he is called by fans, led National League rookies in home runs and also clubbed the longest home run in the majors this year at 486 feet, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker. The old-school crouch at the plate, teamed with the no batting gloves approach has made the former Bishop Lynch Friar a fan favorite in Atlanta. 
Brett Davis - USA TODAY Sports Sep 26, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Evan Gattis (24) hits a RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
NGUYEN, Huy - 171424 Austin Jackson, Denton Ryan, 2005: A four-year letterman at Denton Ryan High School, Austin Jackson has made a name for himself as the starting center fielder for the Detroit Tigers. He was the runner up for the American League Rookie of the Year honor in 2010, and he batted .300 for the first time in his career in 2012.
DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - CHRONICLE Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) at bat against the Rangers, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Rex C. Curry - 103201 Byran Holaday, W.T. White, 2006: Byran Holaday was a standout pitcher in high school for Dallas' W.T. White, but he came into the national spotlight as the catcher for TCU's baseball team that reached the university's only College World Series in 2010. He was drafted that summer and made his debut for the Detroit Tigers in 2012. This year Holaday has seen some time behind the plate while also hitting his first Major League home run.
Jim McIsaac - Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Jeremy Bonderman #38 and Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after defeating the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 25, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
GARY PAYNE - 66813 Corey Kluber, Coppell, 2004: In his first full season in the big leagues, Corey Kluber, a 2004 Coppell graduate, made himself a key part of the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation, posting an 11-5 record en route to a berth in the American League Wild Card Game. Against Texas this year, he was 1-0 in two starts, with six strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. In his start at Rangers Ballpark, he threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 Indians win. 
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Cleveland starter Corey Kluber throws an eighth-inning pitch during the Cleveland Indians vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News)
MILTON HINNANT - 99899 Jordan Walden, Mansfield, 2006: Mansfield's Jordan Walden showed the class of 2006 was not shy of talent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with Kershaw and W.T. White's Bryan Holaday. Walden, a 6-5 pitcher, made his debut with the Angels in 2010. After Anaheim traded him to the Braves in a deal for Tommy Hanson in the offseason, Walden went on to have a solid season as a reliever for Atlanta.
Alex Brandon - AP Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jordan Walden throws during the eighth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals won 4-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Erich Schlegel - Telegram Matt Carpenter, TCU, 2009: While he is not technically a homegrown ballplayer, Matt Carpenter's dad Rick Carpenter is now the coach at Prosper High School, which is becoming quite the big league town. Rick Carpenter, Tim Grudzielanek (brother of former MLB all-star Mark Grudzielanek) and Torii Hunter have all taken root in the North Texas suburb. Matt Carpenter, who debuted in 2011, led the National League with 199 hits this season, and he played a key role in the 2012 playoff run for the Cardinals.
Dilip Vishwanat - Getty Images ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields a ground ball against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
MARK M. HANCOCK - 64678 Ben Zobrist, Dallas Baptist, 2004: Falling into the same group as Carpenter, Ben Zobrist is not necessarily a DFW born baseball player, but he did make his mark while playing at Dallas Baptist University. He was drafted after his 2004 college season by the Houston Astros and he is now a switch-hitting two-time all-star and utility player for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Al Messerschmidt - Getty Images ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Infielder Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after scoring a run against the Baltimore Orioles September 22, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 3 - 1. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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