Youngest & Oldest Prospects In 2013 Draft

In a pair of excellent articles at Baseball Prospectus in the fall of 2011, Rany Jazayerli studied the correlation between a hitter’s age out of the draft and his success in the big leagues. While Jazayerli’s articles only focused on hitters, here are the youngest and oldest players with scouting reports in Baseball America’s Top 250 . . .

 

TOP 10 OLDEST COLLEGE PLAYERS IN BA 250
RK. PLAYER POS SCHOOL D.O.B.
227 Mason Katz 1B Louisiana State 8/23/90
248 Mike Yastrzemski OF Vanderbilt 8/23/90
247 L.J. Mazzilli 2B Connecticut 9/6/90
179 Andy Hillis RHP Lee 11/6/90
244 Patrick Biondi OF Michigan 1/9/91
180 Jake Johansen RHP Dallas Baptist 1/23/91
176 Matt Boyd LHP Oregon State 2/2/91
230 Mitchell Garver C New Mexico 2/5/91
132 Brandon Thomas OF Georgia Tech 2/7/91
98 Buck Farmer RHP Georgia Tech 2/20/91

 

Notice anyone missing? Stanford righthander Mark Appel is actually on the young side for a senior. With a birthday of 7/15/91, he would have come in 15th on this list and is just 11 days older than Arkansas junior righthander Ryne Stanek. Another interesting player who just missed the cut here is Brigham Young outfielder Jacob Hannemann, who is a draft-eligible freshman after serving a two-year church mission.

 

TOP 10 YOUNGEST COLLEGE PLAYERS IN BA 250
RK. PLAYER POS SCHOOL D.O.B.
103 Kyle Crockett LHP Virginia 12/15/92
195 Champ Stuart OF Brevard 10/11/92
7 Colin Moran 3B North Carolina 10/1/92
245 David Garner RHP Michigan State 9/21/92
215 Aaron Siegers RHP Indiana 9/4/92
166 Trevor Gott RHP Kentucky 8/26/92
79 A.J. Vanegas RHP Stanford 8/16/92
26 Chris Anderson RHP Jacksonville 7/29/92
153 Jack Reinheimer SS East Carolina 7/19/92
21 Phillip Ervin OF Samford 7/17/92
128 Ty Young 3B Louisville 7/17/92

 

For the purpose of this analysis, I didn’t factor in the junior college players on the list. This group features two of the top college position players in North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran and Samford outfielder Phillip Ervin, and it’s fascinating to notice that the youngest college player in the draft is only about a year older than the oldest high school players in the draft.

 

TOP 10 OLDEST HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS IN BA 250
RK. PLAYER POS SCHOOL D.O.B.
213 Corey Simpson C/1B Sweeny (Texas) HS 12/8/93
148 John Riley C Willow Glen HS, San Jose, Calif. 2/14/94
193 Ryder Jones 3B/RHP Watauga HS, Boone, N.C. 6/7/94
181 Sean Brady LHP Baker HS, Cape Coral, Fla. 6/9/94
9 Trey Ball LHP New Castle (Ind.) HS 6/27/94
113 Trae Arbet SS Greak Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. 7/1/94
106 Stephen Gonsalves LHP Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego 7/8/94
211 Tyler Alexander LHP Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas 7/14/94
147 Joey Martarano 3B Fruitland (Idaho) HS 7/28/94
198 Ben DeLuzio OF The First Academy, Orlando 8/9/94

 

Sweeny (Texas) High catcher/first baseman Corey Simpson made a name for himself by hitting a long home run at the Area Code Games last summer and is easily the oldest prospect in this year’s high school class, as he’ll turn 20 in December. For many of these players, if they wind up in college, they will be draft eligible again as sophomores.

 

YOUNGEST HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS IN BA 250
RK. PLAYER POS SCHOOL D.O.B.
171 Jake Bauers 1B Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. 10/6/95
163 Terry McClure OF Riverwood International HS, Sandy Springs, Ga. 9/29/95
72 Chandler Eden RHP Yuba City (Calif.) HS 8/27/95
235 Casey Shane RHP Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas 8/23/95
54 Blake Taylor LHP Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif. 8/17/95
56 Riley Unroe SS Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. 8/3/95
224 Daulton Jefferies RHP Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. 8/2/95
90 Cody Bellinger 1B Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. 7/13/95
31 Hunter Green LHP Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky. 7/12/95
25 Phil Bickford RHP Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, Calif. 7/10/95
219 K.J. Woods OF/1B Fort Mill (S.C.) HS 7/9/95
35 Kyle Serrano RHP Farragut (Tenn.) HS 7/6/95
169 Jonah Heim C Amherst (N.Y.) Central HS 6/27/95
69 Tyler O’Neill C Garibaldi SS, Maple Ridge, B.C. 6/22/95
250 Tyler Cohen SS Agoura (Calif.) HS 6/20/95
190 Robert Tyler RHP Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga. 6/18/95
162 Jamie Westbrook 2B Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz. 6/18/95
84 Tucker Neuhaus SS Wharton HS, Tampa 6/18/95
14 Dominic Smith 1B Serra HS, Gardena, Calif. 6/15/95

 

Since this is the list people care about the most, I expanded it to include every player in Baseball America’s Top 250 who will still be 17 years old on draft day.