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Thursday, August 04, 2022

Minors Have Gotten Younger And Older After Re-Organization

The 2022 MLB season isn’t over yet, and there’s a chance that the average age, especially in Low-A, may tick up slightly as college draftees filter onto rosters. But even if it does, this year will remain almost assuredly the youngest Low-A rosters of the 21st century.

Before this year, the youngest average age for Low-A hitters in any season since 2001 was 21.3 years old, set last year. This year, Low-A hitters currently on average are 21.0 years old. Other than the past two years, Low-A hitters on average were 21.6 year old, and the youngest age for the average Low-A hitter was 2019 at 21.4 years old.

While hitters in Low-A are getting younger, the pitchers aren’t. In each of the past two years, Low-A pitchers are on average 21.9 years old. That’s right in line with how old they were in 2017, 2018 and 2019. For the 21st century, Low-A pitchers have averaged being 21.7 years old, so pitchers in Low-A in 2021/2022 are a little older than the average age they have been in the 21st century.

At the upper levels of the minors, the pitchers are getting older, while the hitters are right in line with past historical norms. This year’s pitchers in Triple-A are on average more than a half year older than they were before the minors were reorganized, and they are roughly half a year older in Double-A. These trends do not apply to hitters. Triple-A hitters are on average the same age as they were in 2015-2019 and Double-A hitters are only slightly older.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2022 at 03:40 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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