Ten Youngest Players In Every Full-Season League

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: The Blue Jays’ No. 7 prospect, Roberto Osuna threw just 23 combined innings last year, the vast majority (22) in the Florida State League as he returned from Tommy John surgery. He did go to the Arizona Fall League as well, but he joins the Toronto bullpen having thrown 129 total pro innings.

American League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays 1995-02-07
2 Miguel Castro Toronto Blue Jays 1994-12-24
3 Rougned Odor Texas Rangers 1994-02-03
4 Daniel Norris Toronto Blue Jays 1993-04-25
5 Keone Kela Texas Rangers 1993-04-16
6 Dalton Pompey Toronto Blue Jays 1992-12-11
7 Jason Garcia Baltimore Orioles 1992-11-21
8 Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox 1992-10-07
9 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox 1992-10-01
10 Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians 1992-09-17

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Some day Bryce Harper will no longer be the youngest player in the National League, but with 56 big league home runs and 360 games played, he’s still younger than anyone else in the NL. This is the third consecutive year that he has been the youngest player in the league on Opening Day, though this time it is a function of an older league. In the American League, Harper would rank eighth.

National League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 1992-10-16
2 Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks 1992-08-10
3 Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers 1992-04-21
4 Jorge Soler Chicago Cubs 1992-02-25
5 Odubel Herrera Philadelphia Phillies 1991-12-29
6 Christian Yelich Miami Marlins 1991-12-05
7 Arismendy Alcantara Chicago Cubs 1991-10-29
8 Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals 1991-09-21
9 Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates 1991-09-14
10 Christian Bethancourt Atlanta Braves 1991-09-02

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Jose Peraza, the Braves No. 2 prospect now that Matt Wisler has joined the club, ranked 54th on our Baseball America Top 100 Prospects coming into the season. Peraza is the Braves’ heir apparent at second base, though Jace Peterson is impressing in Atlanta, which might buy some time for Peraza to get more seasoning.

International League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Jose Peraza Gwinnett (Braves) 1994-04-30
2 Francisco Lindor Columbus (Indians) 1993-11-14
3 Eduardo Rodriguez Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1993-04-07
4 Jacob Lindgren Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 1993-03-12
5 Zach Davies Norfolk (Orioles) 1993-02-07
6 Carlos Rodon Charlotte (White Sox) 1992-12-10
7 Alen Hanson Indianapolis (Pirates) 1992-10-22
8 Severino Gonzalez Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1992-09-28
9 Matt Wisler Gwinnett (Braves) 1992-09-12
10 Maikel Franco Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1992-08-26

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Carlos Garay, a Venezuelan catcher, is the one name that doesn’t fit on this list. He is expected to be a short-term backup at Triple-A. He did not rank among the Rangers’ Top 30 Prospects last season and he comes into the year with just seven games about Rookie ball. Herrera, the Mets’ No. 4 prospect coming into the season, will likely take over the top spot before long.

Pacific Coast League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Carlos Garay Round Rock (Rangers) 1994-10-05
2 Dilson Herrera Las Vegas (Mets) 1994-03-03
3 Addison Russell Iowa (Cubs) 1994-01-23
4 Ketel Marte Tacoma (Mariners) 1993-10-12
5 Luis Sardinas Colorado Springs (Brewers) 1993-05-16
6 Christian Binford Omaha (Royals) 1992-12-20
7 Cheslor Cuthbert Omaha (Royals) 1992-11-16
8 Sam Tuivailala Memphis (Cardinals) 1992-10-19
9 Hanser Alberto Round Rock (Rangers) 1992-10-17
10 Ronald Torreyes Fresno (Astros) 1992-09-02

EASTERN LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Zach Eflin, the No. 9 Padres prospect before his trade to the Phillies, is one of the more advanced high school pitchers drafted in recent years. Despite his youth, he’s been on a steady one-level-a-year progression. He led the Midwest League in ERA in 2012 (2.73) and was third in the California League last year at 3.80.

Eastern League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Zach Eflin Reading (Phillies) 1994-04-08
2 David Dahl New Britain (Rockies) 1994-04-01
3 Miguel Sulbaran Trenton (Yankees) 1994-03-19
4 Luis Severino Trenton (Yankees) 1994-02-20
5 Gavin Cecchini Binghamton (Mets) 1993-12-22
6 Harold Castro Erie (Tigers) 1993-11-30
7 Tyler Glasnow Altoona (Pirates) 1993-08-23
8 Pedro Severino Harrisburg (Nationals) 1993-07-20
9 Aaron Nola Reading (Phillies) 1993-06-04
10 Gabriel Ynoa Binghamton (Mets) 1993-05-26

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: The White Sox are traditionally aggressive in their promotions timetables for prospects, but in Tyler Danish‘s case, a jump to the Southern League was a very easy decision. Danish, the team’s No. 7 prospect, went 5-3, 2.65 in the Carolina League last year. Danish succeeds thanks to a solid sinker, an improving slider and a changeup he has significantly refined as a pro.

Southern League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Tyler Danish Birmingham (White Sox) 1994-09-12
2 Orlando Arcia Biloxi (Brewers) 1994-08-04
3 Jose Berrios Chattanooga (Twins) 1994-05-27
4 Rio Ruiz Mississippi (Braves) 1994-05-22
5 Albert Almora Tennessee (Cubs) 1994-04-16
6 Daniel Robertson Montgomery (Rays) 1994-03-22
7 Tyler Pike Jackson (Mariners) 1994-01-26
8 Tyrone Taylor Biloxi (Brewers) 1994-01-22
9 Byron Buxton Chattanooga (Twins) 1993-12-18
10 Gabby Guerrero Jackson (Mariners) 1993-12-11

TEXAS LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Julio Urias has been the youngest player in every full-season league he’s played in. The No. 3 prospect in the Dodgers system and the 10th best prospect overall, scouts said two years ago that Urias could probably succeed in Double-A as a 16-year-old. Now he’ll get to prove he can handle the level as an 18-year-old. With an 89-94 mph fastball that touches 97 and a quality changeup and curveball, Urias is equipped to handle an aggressive assignment.

Texas League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Julio Urias Tulsa (Dodgers) 1996-08-12
2 Raul A. Mondesi Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 1995-07-27
3 Nomar Mazara Frisco (Rangers) 1995-04-26
4 Carlos Correa Corpus Christi (Astros) 1994-09-22
5 Corey Seager Tulsa (Dodgers) 1994-04-27
6 Josh Hader Corpus Christi (Astros) 1994-04-07
7 Matt Olson Midland (Athletics) 1994-03-29
8 Jake Thompson Frisco (Rangers) 1994-01-31
9 Jose Leclerc Frisco (Rangers) 1993-12-19
10 Lance McCullers Jr. Corpus Christi (Astros) 1993-10-02

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: If you are looking at aggressive assignments to start the season, none are more aggressive than the decision to send Franklin Barreto to the California League. Barreto, acquired last offseason in the Josh Donaldson deal, spent all of last season in the Northwest League. But the shortstop has a long track record of playing against advanced competition, going back to his days with the Venezuelan youth national teams. And if a hitter is going to be challenged, the hitter-friendly California League is a good place to do it. In 2013, the Athletics jumped Addison Russell to Stockton with just a 13-game pit stop in the Midwest League the year before as preparation, so they have a history of having this work out.

California League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Franklin Barreto Stockton (Athletics) 1996-02-27
2 Domingo Leyba Visalia (Diamondbacks) 1995-09-11
3 Cody Bellinger Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) 1995-07-13
4 Tyler O’Neill Bakersfield (Mariners) 1995-06-22
5 Jamie Westbrook Visalia (Diamondbacks) 1995-06-18
6 Christian Arroyo San Jose (Giants) 1995-05-30
7 Ronald Herrera Lake Elsinore (Padres) 1995-05-03
8 Antonio Senzatela Modesto (Rockies) 1995-01-21
9 Ryan McMahon Modesto (Rockies) 1994-12-14
10 Zach Bird Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) 1994-07-14

CAROLINA LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Wendell Rijo, the Red Sox’s No. 24 prospect, has a solid chance to become an above-average offensive second baseman. One problem—he’s in an organization heavy with above-average offensive second baseman, starting with Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts and Yoan Moncada. Rijo needs to show defensive improvement at second, but offensively, he’s got a chance to hit for average with a little more pop than the average second baseman.

Carolina League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Wendell Rijo Salem (Red Sox) 1995-09-04
2 Ivan Castillo Lynchburg (Indians) 1995-05-30
3 Trey Michalczewski Winston-Salem (White Sox) 1995-02-27
4 Chance Sisco Frederick (Orioles) 1995-02-24
5 Drew Ward Potomac (Nationals) 1994-11-25
6 Jen-Ho Tseng Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 1994-10-03
7 Josh Hart Frederick (Orioles) 1994-10-02
8 Manuel Margot Salem (Red Sox) 1994-09-28
9 Dustin Peterson Carolina (Braves) 1994-09-10
10 Clint Frazier Lynchburg (Indians) 1994-09-06

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Amed Rosario, the Mets No. 6 prospect, gets to skip a full season in the South Atlantic League thanks in part to the Mets’ healthy logjam of shortstops. Every full-season level has a shortstop with at least some big league potential. Matt Reynolds is at Triple-A Las Vegas, 2012 first-rounder Gavin Cecchini is playing for Double-A, Rosario jumps to high Class A and defensive whiz Luis Guillorme heads to low Class A Savannah.

Florida State League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Amed Rosario St. Lucie (Mets) 1995-11-20
2 Jake Bauers Charlotte (Rays) 1995-10-06
3 Willy Adames Charlotte (Rays) 1995-09-02
4 Dominic Smith St. Lucie (Mets) 1995-06-15
5 Javier Betancourt Lakeland (Tigers) 1995-05-08
6 Austin Meadows Bradenton (Pirates) 1995-05-03
7 Kean Wong Charlotte (Rays) 1995-04-17
8 Marcos Molina St. Lucie (Mets) 1995-03-08
9 Miguel Andujar Tampa (Yankees) 1995-03-02
10 Reese McGuire Bradenton (Pirates) 1995-03-02

MIDWEST LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Gleyber Torres, the Cubs No. 8 prospect, jumps straight to full-season ball after 43 games in the Arizona Rookie League and an additional seven in Boise last summer. A $1.7 million signee out of Venezuela in 2013, Torres adds to the Cubs massive glut of middle infielders. It’s a good problem to have.

Midwest League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Gleyber Torres South Bend (Cubs) 1996-12-13
2 Sergio Alcantara Kane County (Diamondbacks) 1996-07-10
3 Bobby Bradley Lake County (Indians) 1996-05-29
4 Kodi Medeiros Wisconsin (Brewers) 1996-05-25
5 Alex Verdugo Great Lakes (Dodgers) 1996-05-15
6 Justus Sheffield Lake County (Indians) 1996-05-13
7 Daniel Missaki Clinton (Mariners) 1996-04-09
8 Magneuris Sierra Peoria (Cardinals) 1996-04-07
9 Grant Holmes Great Lakes (Dodgers) 1996-03-22
10 Richard Urena Lansing (Blue Jays) 1996-02-26

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Who’s No. 1: Ricardo Sanchez came to the Braves last offseason in the trade that sent Kyle Kubitza and Nate Hyatt to the Angels. The lefthander spent last year in the Arizona League, so this is an aggressive promotion. Sanchez has a smooth and easy delivery, but he’s still working on throwing strikes consistently and at times he’s had to dial back his 93-95 mph fastball to locate it better.

South Atlantic League
Rk Name Team DOB
1 Ricardo Sanchez Rome (Braves) 1997-04-11
2 Jomar Reyes Delmarva (Orioles) 1997-02-20
3 Michael De Leon Hickory (Rangers) 1997-01-14
4 Ozhaino Albies Rome (Braves) 1997-01-07
5 Isael Soto Greensboro (Marlins) 1996-11-02
6 Rafael Devers Greenville (Red Sox) 1996-10-24
7 Kevin Padlo Asheville (Rockies) 1996-07-15
8 Cole Tucker West Virginia (Pirates) 1996-07-03
9 Braxton Davidson Rome (Braves) 1996-06-18
10 Samir Duenez Lexington (Royals) 1996-06-11

 

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