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Who could supplant Wander Franco as MLB’s youngest player?

Being the first player born in a year to reach MLB usually portends some level of stardom or at least indicates a successful career ahead. For example, take a look at the past decade:

2002: ???
2001: Wander Franco
2000: Elvis Luciano
1999: Fernando Tatis Jr.
1998: Juan Soto
1997: Ozzie Albies
1996: Julio Urias
1995: Roberto Osuna
1994: Rougned Odor
1993: Jurickson Profar
1992: Bryce Harper

(If you’ve never heard of Elvis Luciano, that’s OK. He was an extreme outlier case involving the Rule 5 Draft.)

As such, it seems likely that the first 2002 baby to reach MLB will have a great chance to be a star someday, too. But we don’t need a 2002 DOB to snatch the title from Franco. We just need a player born after March 1, 2001. I’ve broken down the candidates into a few groups:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2022 at 11:10 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: April 14, 2022 at 11:27 AM (#6071671)
If the Cardinals weren't stacked on the offensive side I think Jordan Walker could make the leap but they don't have a place for him. He's off to a good start in AA. Maybe a sept call up.

Nolan Gorman at 21 will be up soon. He's crushing AAA already
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 14, 2022 at 12:57 PM (#6071691)
(If you’ve never heard of Elvis Luciano, that’s OK. He was an extreme outlier case involving the Rule 5 Draft.)

The other two not-useful players being Rangers middle infielders in consecutive years. #LOLRangers
   3. Karl from NY Posted: April 14, 2022 at 03:22 PM (#6071722)
Interesting that every one of those since Bryce Harper was an international FA signing rather than a draftee. Of course you make the majors sooner if you sign a MLB contract directly rather than being drafted.
   4. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: April 14, 2022 at 03:26 PM (#6071723)
Jordan Walker

I'm really rooting for him, he played his HS ball 5 minutes from my house.

And that table in the excerpt broke my brain for a minute - I thought I'd aged 20 years overnight.
   5. BDC Posted: April 14, 2022 at 03:40 PM (#6071729)
Maybe nobody will ever supplant Wander Franco as youngest player.

Maybe everybody younger will be extremely bad at baseball. It will be 2082 and Wander Franco will be shuffling around the basepaths, but still running rings around all the older guys.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: April 14, 2022 at 05:17 PM (#6071744)
I'm wondering who will supplant Wander Franco as the best player in baseball (and how long it will take). Off to a 440/640 start with just 3 K in 27 PA. I'm ready to give the kid 10 straight MVPs.

Assuming the Cubs season goes the way I think, we might see some very young guys hit the field in Aug/Sept ... although it also woudn't surprise me if they don't start any of the superkids' clocks.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: April 14, 2022 at 05:25 PM (#6071746)
WF since July 30 2021 (incl post): 347/393/569 with 15 BB and 18 K in 234 PA (about an 8% K-rate)

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