It’s impossible to notice the infusion of youth into the game of baseball this season as seemingly all of the stars in this league are 25 years or younger. Now that HGH isn’t making guys like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds play forever, young guns have taken their spot on Mount Olympus.
Here are the Top 25 MLB players 25 years and younger:
25. Miguel Andujar
Had to sneak Miguel Andujar on this list even though he doesn’t have a working shoulder and only had 6 hits on the year before needing season-ending surgery.
But we mustn’t forget that he led the Yankees in hitting last season. That happened. He may not have a future in New York as Gio Urshela has all but stolen third base away but the kid has a BAT.
24. Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi, much like the Boston Red Sox at large, is having a super disappointing season. His regression isn’t greaaat for a franchise that has to decide whether they pay to keep JD Martinez or Mookie Betts.
Benintendi has scored 30 fewer runs, has 20 fewer hits and has struck out 40 more times this season than last. *tugs on collar* yikes.
23. German Marquez
German Marquez finished 4th in strikeouts last season and was poised to snatch the 2019 NL Cy Young Award this year but unfortunately, he’s serving up a lot more beach balls than expected. His ERA has jumped from 3.77 to 4.67 as he’s allowed the most runs in his pitching career.
22. Lucas Giolito
It is really difficult to have the type of season that Lucas Giolito is having when your team has only 68 wins and ranks 25th in runs scored. With an ERA of 3.41 and 228 strikeouts, Giolito is having one of the best seasons in White Sox history. All of his strikeout numbers are second only to Chris Sale.
21. Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada was the prize of that Chris Sale trade as he was the No. 1 prospect in Boston’s farm system. In 2018 Moncada led the American League in strikeouts and the Red Sox won the World Series sooo yea.
But Moncada is sneaking back into rare form as he’s batting .315 which is 4th in the AL right now while sporting a Top 10 WAR. The Red Sox will not be in the World Series this year soooo yea.
20. Shohei Ohtani
If Shohei Ohtani is done pitching and he’s just going to be a slightly above average designated hitter than YAAAAAAWN. He stole the Rookie of the Year award from Miguel Andujar and Gleyer Torres last season because he pitched once a month or whatever but with that wrinkle removed from his game, he’s just another guy playing in Ahaheim’s empty arena. Tree falling in the woods.
19. Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka doesn’t have explosive stuff but at age 22, he’s already learned how to locate pitchers and induce groundballs as opposed to making batters swing and miss. A 2.60 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. I don’t know where Atlanta found all these young studs but how did Philadelphia and New York really think they were about to win the NL East? Laugh out loud.
18. Ketel Marte
Paul Goldschmidt was essentially a one-man army in Arizona before being traded to St. Louis in the offseason but Ketel Marte’s 2019 is making Goldschmidt’s accomplishments look minuscule.
Marte is batting .339 with 187 hits and 337 total bases. Goldschmidt never once hit those marks. Goldschmidt’s photo is erasing away and being replaced by Ketel Marte like in Back To The Future when the timeline gets altered.
17. Jack Flaherty
For those that aren’t aware, Jack Flaherty is the most important player on the first place St. Louis Cardinals. STATS TIME: Since the All-Star break, Flaherty has a 1.05 ERA, struck out 33% of batters faces and opposing hitters have just a .405 OPS against him.
16. Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios has one of the most devastating breaking balls in the game. His curveball just buckles batters. With his 3.70 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, Berrios is the Ace of a surprisingly dominant Minnesota Twins team that walked through the AL Central all season long.
15. Austin Meadows
That Chris Archer trade will never not be hilarious to me. The Pirates traded for a BUM and gave away all of their top prospects who have all turned into stars for Tampa Bay.
Austin Meadows made his first All-Star team this season as he’s slashing .288/.360/.565. He’s an automatic extra base hit whenever he steps into the box. Meanwhile, Chris Archer stinks.
14. Matt Olson
Matt Olson is one of my favorite players in the game because I’m a sucker for stupid looking batting stances. He stands almost completely upright in the least athletic way possible holding his bat like it’s an inconvenience for him only to swing for the fences and rip 35 bombs.
13. Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies is without a doubt one of the best defensive infielders in the sport but don’t let his potential Gold Glove distract you from the fact that he’s batting .294 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs.
It’s a damn shame that Atlanta signed Albies to one of the worst contracts a future star has ever signed.
12. Shane Bieber
Shane Bieber is third in the AL with 252 strikeouts behind only Gerrit Cole, a future Hall of Famer and Justin Verlander, one of the greatest starting pitchers in the history of baseball. He’s 24.
Bieber has 3 complete games with 2 shutouts and has pitched into the 8th inning in 25% of his starts. He’s not just a strikeout machine, he’s an inning eater and a workhorse. Kick rocks, Trevor Bauer.
11. Corey Seager
Prior to missing the entire 2018 season with a UCL tear in his elbow, Seager would’ve easly been a Top 10 player under 25. He was an MVP candidate in 2016 and 2017. Fast forward to 2019 and he’s an added accessory to the Dodgers success as opposed to being the main driver of their wins.
Note: he’s still really really really good though.
10. Rafael Devers
9. Carlos Correa
I don’t have much to say about Astros players. I just hope that Correa finds a new rub n tug spot that won’t fuck his ribs up. Oh, and happy 25th birthday literally on the day I’m writing this.
8. Juan Soto
Watching Juan Soto crush baseballs gives you a full understanding of why the National let that weirdo, Bryce Harper, walk. 34 home runs. 107 RBIs. .961 OPS. 114 wRC+. We are witnessing a future MVP. And he’s only 20 years old.
7. Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler sneaky led the Dodgers to the World Series last season while Clayton Kershaw watched in astonishment from his sidecar. He’s currently third in the NL with a 1.02 WHIP as he does not allow players on base. Ever. Kershaw could never.
6. Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso is doing an amazing Aaron Judge impression but if we all rode Judge’s dick during his 52 homer rookie season in 2017, then Alonso deserves fellatio as well. Alonso is the heart and soul of a New York Mets team that has absolutely no heart and soul.
5. Alex Bregman
I would have far more positive things to say about Alex Bregman if he were not an Astros but alas, so it goes. He’s good at baseball. That is all.
4. Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres has played two major league seasons. He is a 2-time All-Star. He is both the best second baseman AND best shortstop on the first-place Yankees. OH, and he’s about to hit 40 bombs this year. *Michael Jordan shrug*
3. Ronald Acuna
Ronald Acuna Jr. is the third player in the HISTORY of Major League Baseball to hit 40+ homers at the age of 21. When I was 21, I was throwing up in the bathroom at work because I was hungover from the night before. I had much fewer home runs…
2. Francisco Lindor
I didn’t realize Lindor was still only 25 years old. Honestly had to go back and add him to this list last minute soooo everyone had to move down for the best shortstop in baseball and with Cleveland quickly becoming irrelevant, don’t be shocked if/when Lindor is wearing a new jersey next season (with pinstripes).
1. Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger is the best player in the baseball who just happens to only be 24 years old. 45 homers. 110 RBI. .302/.405.625. Playing on the best team in the National League. Mad decent.
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