Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ronald acuna

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 18, 2021 at 01:31 AM (#6009056)
No big surprises (more of the "oh yeah, that guy" as you move down the list) and a fair number of 24-yos. Note the list is sorted by their expected 2021 value not long-term value or anny other combo of age and talent. As such the solid but, as yet, unspectacular Victor Robles makes the list near the end -- which is probably correct by their criteria. The other end of that is why Wander Franco is only #20.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 18, 2021 at 07:17 AM (#6009060)
Interesting that Adley Rutschman from the Orioles makes the list (2019 draft pick that didn't play in 2020 and put up okay numbers in Rk/A-/A ball [.774 OPS combined] as a 21 year old), but Ryan Mountcastle was left off it (played in the majors last year and put up a 140 OPS+ in his 35 game debut, and had previously done quite well in AA/AAA the two previous years).
   3. John Northey Posted: March 18, 2021 at 09:37 AM (#6009066)
As a Jay fan I love seeing 2 in the top 10. Bo Bichette being top 5 is understandable - if healthy he should be an MVP type candidate imo - he is a lot of fun to watch play. Vlad at 10 makes sense, if his spring is an indicator he might be fighting for #1 next year (he hit a triple - clearly losing that weight is for real, anyone who has seen him on TV would know the size difference is drastic - BR stats for spring 529/625/941 Avg/OBP/Slg. yeah just 24 PA but very nice sign.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 18, 2021 at 10:40 AM (#6009071)
anyone who has seen him on TV would know the size difference is drastic
He does seem to fit on the screen a lot better.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogThe Guardians of OMNICHATTER!, for July 26, 2021
(11 - 2:55am, Jul 27)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogNBA 2021 Playoffs+ thread
(2996 - 1:23am, Jul 27)
Last: "bothsidesism" word 57i66135

NewsblogA's near deal for Cubs lefty Chafin
(3 - 12:29am, Jul 27)
Last: Brian C

NewsblogThe inside story of how Cleveland Indians became Cleveland Guardians
(43 - 12:28am, Jul 27)
Last: rr: cosmopolitan elite

NewsblogNew York Yankees acquire reliever Clay Holmes from Pittsburgh Pirates for 2 minor league infielders
(1 - 11:55pm, Jul 26)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogMajority of Dodgers players do not want Trevor Bauer to rejoin team, per report
(5 - 11:07pm, Jul 26)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogPadres Discussing Eric Hosmer Trades
(16 - 10:27pm, Jul 26)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogHideo Nomo Paved The Way For A Generation Of Damn Good Japanese Ballplayers
(5 - 9:59pm, Jul 26)
Last: Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre)

NewsblogSan Diego Padres acquire All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from Pittsburgh Pirates, sources say
(8 - 9:13pm, Jul 26)
Last: Buck Coats

NewsblogSome players say Los Angeles Angels failing in treatment at minor league level, as GM vows to address it
(22 - 8:57pm, Jul 26)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogMLB will try encrypted transmitters and bone conduction to stop sign stealing
(15 - 8:47pm, Jul 26)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogRays Trade Rich Hill To Mets
(6 - 6:49pm, Jul 26)
Last: Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(13472 - 5:08pm, Jul 26)
Last: Tony S

NewsblogBoston Red Sox end Domingo German's no-hit bid in 8th inning, storm back to beat New York Yankees
(6 - 2:38pm, Jul 26)
Last: Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2021
(38 - 1:02pm, Jul 26)
Last: bobm

Page rendered in 0.2233 seconds
48 querie(s) executed