Xander Bogaerts, Torey Krug Highlight Boston’s Biggest Breakout Stars of 2013 (Photos)

boston breakout 2013An undersized defenseman with a killer shot.

A 38-year-old reliever, thrust into the closer’s role only through necessity.

A bruising, soft-spoken running back who helped resurrect a once-proud football program.

2013 was full of players who introduced themselves into Boston’s sporting consciousness — some in their first taste of the spotlight and others after years of flying under the radar.

We compiled a list of eight athletes (listed in alphabetical order) who announced their presence with authority this year, either cementing their status as bona fide stars or laying a solid framework for future success.

Did your favorite up-and-comer make the list? Click the link below to find out.

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