April has come and gone and now can be viewed as a good time to highlight the great individual performers of the first month of the season. The numbers a player puts up in April can be, and need to be, viewed as small sample sizes. The majority of these guys have under or around 100 PA up to this point, not quite enough to project how they will finish the season. A simple reason for this is that there are a number of players who can get off to these hot April starts and then completely fall back to the pack and have average or subpar remainders of the season (See 2013 Upton, Justin.)
Bad weather, injuries, timing, and just plain poor starts to the year, can all be used as explanations as to why certain guys are not performing up to expectations this early. Some of these need to be examined closely, some do not. Again, it all depends on the player in question, and the sample size being examined.
This list is designed to point out those who have excelled in April and bring light to their stellar performances. It is compiled of position players, broken down into different categories (catchers, corner infielders and DH, middle infielders, and outfielders) and pitchers, broken down into starting pitchers and relief pitchers (not just relegated to closing pitchers).
Here is your All-April team for 2014, as chosen by the Dayton Baseball Examiner.
All statistics provided are via Fangraphs