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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The Top 25 MLB Players Under 25 Years Old

5. Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Baumann rank: 5
Kram rank: 5
Lindbergh rank: 5
Wagner rank: 5

He’s a very good hitter at a premium defensive position. Putting that bat in that lineup spot just makes him so valuable. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Bichette’s game. He’s pluses all around. —Kram

4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
Baumann rank: 3
Kram rank: 4
Lindbergh rank: 4
Wagner rank: 4

The comp I keep drawing is Guerrero’s season now to Bryce Harper’s MVP year. These are the last two players that came up with that level of hype as a hitter. And Harper was a very good player at 19 and 20, and in his age-22 season he put together the 1941 Ted Williams year, adjusted for inflation. Guerrero might be the most talented hitter in the world right now. —Baumann

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2021 at 12:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ronald acuna, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

MLB’s top 25 players under 25: Tatis, Acuna, Soto battle for top spot; Yankees’ Torres in top five

In the year 2021, baseball is a young man’s game. Young players come up from the minors and have an immediate impact more than ever before. Juan Soto batted cleanup for a World Series champion at age 20. Ronald Acuna Jr. flirted with a 40-40 season at age 21. At age 22, Bryce Harper became one of only 17 players in the Expansion Era to post a 195 OPS+ or better.

These days the best teams feature at least one bona fide superstar who isn’t yet old enough to rent a car. Young, cheap players who provide immense value are the sport’s most valuable commodity, and teams are better at player development than ever. Case in point: 23 players age 22 or younger have put up a 125 OPS+ since 2000, more than the previous three decades combined (20).

Because young players are so vital, we here at CBS Sports have compiled a ranking of the 25 best players under the age of 25.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 17, 2021 at 11:06 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ronald acuna

 

 

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