In spirit of seeing a roster of the best 25 and unders MLB has to offer, I’ve decided to create my own, while separating the leagues. This makes it much harder as some positions really only have one young star at a position, let alone 1 in each league.
Obviously if we could bump it up to 26 and under, there would be plenty of superstars eligible; Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant, etc. But, finding players 25 and under got pretty tough at a couple of spots. Needless to say, the fact that I’m able to create a full roster for each league with some really good players just goes to show how fun and exciting this era of baseball really is.
Just think about it, you have a guy on this list that has already played in 6 All-Star Games and won an MVP. There’s another guy that’s already been a Cy Young Finalist once and on track to be a Cy Young Finalist again this season. Then, you have the 20-21 youth movement that has really taken its place in the game; with an honorable mention for a 19-year old kid.
It’s unbelievable how young some of the best players in our game today really are. The game of baseball is in a great place. With youth taking over, the steroid epidemic seemingly behind us for the most part, and the emergence of pitchers everywhere being able to hit 100 mph with regularity; as a baseball fan, you have to love this era.
C – Gary Sanchez (yankees)
Honorable mentions: Francisco Mejia (indians), Chance Sisco (orioles)
1B – Greg Bird (yankees)
Honorable mentions: Matt Olson (athletics), Joey Gallo (rangers)
2B – Gleyber Torres (yankees)
Honorable mentions: Yoan Moncada (white sox)
3B – Jose Ramirez (indians)
Honorable mentions: Alex Bregman (astros), Miguel Andujar (yankees), Matt Chapman (athletics)
SS – Francisco Lindor (indians)
Honorable mentions: Carlos Correa (astros), Xander Bogaerts (red sox)
OF – Mookie Betts (red sox), Andrew Benintendi (red sox), Nomar Mazara (rangers)
Honorable mentions: Max Kepler (twins), Clint Frazier (yankees)
SP – Luis Severino (yankees)
Honorable mentions: Jose Berrios (twins), Blake Snell (rays), Michael Fulmer (tigers), Shohei Ohtani (angels)
RP – Edwin Diaz (mariners)
Honorable mentions: Roberto Osuna (blue jays)
C – Carson Kelly (cardinals)
Honorable mentions: Austin Hedges (padres)
1B – Cody Bellinger (dodgers)
Honorable mentions: Ryan McMahon (rockies)
2B – Javy Baez (cubs)
Honorable mentions: Ozzie Albies (braves), Paul DeJong (cardinals)
3B – Maikel Franco (phillies)
Honorable mentions: Brian Anderson (marlins)
SS – Trea Turner (nationals)
Honorable mentions: Corey Seager (dodgers), Addison Russell (cubs), Dansby Swanson (braves)
OF – Bryce Harper (nationals), Ronald Acuna, Jr. (braves), Rhys Hoskins (phillies)
Honorable mentions: Kyle Schwarber (cubs), Juan Soto (nationals), Brandon Nimmo (mets)
SP – Aaron Nola (phillies)
Honorable mentions: Noah Syndergaard (mets), Walker Buehler (dodgers), Sean Newcomb (braves)
RP – Archie Bradley (diamondbacks)
Honorable mentions: AJ Minter (braves)
As you can see, the shift in age correlates to the teams that are having success this year. The American League roster is loaded with Indians, Yankees, and Red Sox players. These are 3 of the 4-5 best teams in the AL, which makes sense. With the Yankees and Indians specifically, they also have more players in the minors bound to make an impact in the very near future.
The National League roster is loaded with Phillies, Dodgers, Braves, and Nationals players. The NL East is the most competitive division in the NL with 3 teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the division. The Dodgers have a very good mix of young studs and very productive veterans. Also, if the reports are true, it appears 26-year old Manny Machado is headed to LA to join the Dodgers and fill in at SS for Corey Seager for the remainder of the season. If they can convince Machado to go back to 3B and play alongside Seager in the future, that’s a scary thought for the rest of the NL.
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