Who’s The Youngest In Each League

Age isn't everything, but when you are talking about prospects, it means an awful lot. A 23-year-old tearing up the Midwest League isn't nearly as impressive as an 18-year-old who's managing to survive in the same league. With that in mind, here's a look at the 10 youngest players in each full-season league at the beginning of the season. In compiling this list, it's notable how few non-prospects populate this list–if an organization is willing to push you quickly to a level, it's usually a good sign for a player's potential.

AMERICAN LEAGUE  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Tim Collins Kansas City Royals 08/21/89
Shortest and youngest in AL
2 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox 03/30/89
Fireballing first rounder went almost straight to big leagues
3 Mauricio Robles Seattle Mariners 03/05/89
Appearance here is misleading is on big league DL with elbow injury
4 Michael Pineda Seattle Mariners 01/18/89
Among ROY candidates to watch
5 Rick Porcello Detroit Tigers 12/27/88
Tigers like to throw prospects in deep end, Porcello survived nicely
6 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers 08/26/88
Two years in, still among league's youngest
7 Neftali Feliz Texas Rangers 05/02/88
Whether closer or starter, everyone loves the arm
8 Chris Tillman Baltimore Orioles 04/15/88
If Orioles are going to turn things around, pitching staff, led by Tillman will be one of the main reasons
9 Trevor Cahill Oakland Athletics 03/01/88
Coming up on 400 big league innings already
10 Nathan Adcock Kansas City Royals 02/25/88
Rule 5 pick has had his timetable sped up
NATIONAL  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs 03/24/90
His status as youngest player in NL just reinforces how good he is
2 Mike Stanton Florida Marlins 11/08/89
Hard to add more power as you mature when you already have 80 power
3 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves 09/12/89
Reunited now with his good friend Heyward in Atlanta
4 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves 08/09/89
The present and fufure key to the Braves' lineup
5 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants 08/01/89
Trying to put together follow-up to excellent rookie campaign
6 Jose Tabata Pittsburgh Pirates 08/12/88
Has always been young for whichever league he's been in
7 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals 07/20/88
Young enough that lost year won't mean much
8 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves 05/28/88
Filthy stuff at a young age
9 Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants 04/20/88
Amazing trip from fifth round to big leagues
10 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 03/19/88
Still among youngest despite 500 big league IP
INTERNATIONAL  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Julio Teheran Gwinnett Braves 01/27/91
Would have been youngest player in Southern League too
2 Jose Iglesias Pawtucket Red Sox 01/05/90
Red Sox future SS has a great glove
3 Jesus Montero Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 11/28/89
Was youngest player in International League for much of last year
4 Ruben Tejada Buffalo Bisons 10/27/89
Already has enough big league time to lose his rookie status
5 Jenrry Mejia Buffalo Bisons 10/11/89
Mets love to move their guys up quickly, but they are being more patient with Mejia now
6 Dayan Viciedo Charlotte Knights 03/10/89
Still has time to develop
7 Eduardo Escobar Charlotte Knights 01/05/89
One of White Sox's best prospects, polishing up his defense
8 Jose Ortega Toledo Mud Hens 10/12/88
Sleeper reliever has great stuff, has moved very quickly
9 Fernando Martinez Buffalo Bisons 10/10/88
Been around so long, hard to remember he's 22
10 Lonnie Chisenhall Columbus Clippers 10/04/88
Sweet-swinging 3B has made steady climb
PACIFIC COAST  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Jordan Lyles Oklahoma City RedHawks 10/19/90
Is in his second go around in PCL, still youngest player in league
2 Brett Lawrie Las Vegas 51s 01/18/90
Career seems to have gotten boost from move to 3B
3 Tyler Chatwood Salt Lake Bees 12/16/89
Angels are another team who promotes players aggressively
4 Eric Hosmer Omaha Storm Chasers 10/24/89
Advanced approach, excellent hand-eye. Not that far away from big leagues
5 Matt Dominguez New Orleans Zephyrs 08/28/89
Good reminder why Marlins can be patient with his development at plate
6 Anthony Rizzo Tucson Padres 08/08/89
Even with cancer treatment, still on fast track
7 Mike Montgomery Omaha Storm Chasers 07/01/89
One of best lefthanded pitching prospects in game, now he's only a short drive away from Kansas City
8 Alexi Amarista Salt Lake Bees 04/06/89
Lack of size limits his ceiling, but hustle, feel for game has gotten him this far as a 22-year-old
9 Eduardo Sanchez Memphis Redbirds 02/16/89
Hard-throwing reliever can light up a radar gun, could be one of youngest players in big leagues later this year
10 Blake Beavan Tacoma Rainiers 01/17/89
Stuff isn't what it was when he was in high school, but he's shown he knows how to pitch to compensate
EASTERN LEAGUE  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Jacob Turner Erie SeaWolves 05/21/91
Tigers have promoted him very aggressively
2 Francisco Martinez Erie SeaWolves 09/01/90
A favorite sleeper prospect, advanced approach for his age
3 Anthony Gose New Hampshire Fisher Cats 08/10/90
Few rival his tools, young enough for bat to develop
4 Stolmy Pimentel Portland Sea Dogs 02/01/90
Fastball was below average when he signed, now is plus
5 Xavier Avery Bowie Baysox 01/01/90
Got 27-game taste of Double-A last year, back for a second try after hitting .234/.288/.374
6 Oscar Tejeda Portland Sea Dogs 12/26/89
Move to second base has gotten his career on track
7 Jose Pirela Trenton Thunder 11/21/89
David Adams' injury has helped allow him to climb ladder quickly
8 Freddy Galvis Reading Phillies 11/14/89
Best  glove in Phillies system has yet to prove he can hit
9 Mike McDade New Hampshire Fisher Cats 05/08/89
Had a very solid season for high Class A Dunedin last year. Solid power at first base
10 Deolis Guerra New Britain Rock Cats 04/17/89
How can he be this young after parts of three years in Florida State League
SOUTHERN  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Erasmo Ramirez Jackson Generals 05/02/90
Keep an eye on him. Young RHP being aggressively promoted
2 Javier Solano Chattanooga Lookouts 03/31/90
Dodgers purchased his rights from Mexican League club in 2008 for $250,000
3 Brad Hand Jacksonville Suns 03/20/90
Lefty has moved quickly for a prep pitcher from Minnesota
4 Kyle Skipworth Jacksonville Suns 03/01/90
Went from two years in low Class A to Double-A in one jump
5 Carlos Triunfel Jackson Generals 02/27/90
Made Double-A for first time in 2009, still there
6 Nate Eovaldi Chattanooga Lookouts 02/13/90
Trying to bounce back after strained lat muscle forced him to miss second half of the season
7 Randall Delgado Mississippi Braves 02/09/90
How many young arms can the Braves' have? Delgado had eight starts in Mississippi last year
8 Tim Beckham Montgomery Biscuits 01/27/90
Has struggled to live up to 1-1 status as 2008 draft's top pick, but still has youth on his side
9 Tyler Pastornicky Mississippi Braves 12/13/89
Braves snagged him in Yunel Escobar deal
10 Josh Vitters Tennessee Smokies 08/27/89
Is a little young to call this a make-or-break year
TEXAS  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Mike Trout Arkansas Travelers 08/07/91
One of best athletes in baseball, and one of best prospects
2 Martin Perez Frisco RoughRiders 04/04/91
In repeat performance of Texas League, has gone from youngest to second-youngest
3 Wil Myers Northwest Arkansas Naturals 12/10/90
Move to OF should cut one year or more off path to big leagues
4 John Lamb Northwest Arkansas Naturals 07/10/90
Velo Is down right now as he deals with lat injury
5 Salvador Perez Northwest Arkansas Naturals 05/10/90
Physically strong catcher is advanced defensively
6 Jaff Decker San Antonio Missions 02/23/90
Reports say he seems more athletic this year
7 Carlos Pimentel Frisco RoughRiders 12/01/89
Notice a theme here? Four Rangers, three Royals on TL list
8 Engel Beltre Frisco RoughRiders 11/01/89
Tools already there, just needs to polish up his skills
9 Wilfredo Boscan Frisco RoughRiders 10/26/89
Happy to be out of the pitcher's hell that is Bakersfield
10 Richard Castillo Springfield (MO) Cardinals 10/11/89
Spent parts of three seasons in Florida State League, but is still young for Double-A
CALIFORNIA  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Chris Owings Visalia Rawhide 08/12/91
One to watch. Very solid 2010 in MWL in limited games.
2 Tommy Joseph San Jose Giants 07/16/91
Plus power should play very well in the California League
3 Tyler Skaggs Visalia Rawhide 07/13/91
Some scouts like him better than Jarrod Parker
4 Rymer Liriano Lake Elsinore Storm 06/20/91
Has to turn great BP sessions into solid in-game Abs
5 Jonathan Villar Lancaster JetHawks 05/02/91
Repeating high Class A as he works on cutting down on Ks
6 Nolan Arenado Modesto Nuts 04/16/91
If he keeps hitting, could end up as Todd Helton's replacement
7 Matt Davidson Visalia Rawhide 03/26/91
If Diamondbacks' farm system improves, Visalia group will be big reason
8 Max Stassi Stockton Ports 03/15/91
Rough season in Midwest League in 2010, but offensive conditions more favorable in Stockton
9 Nick Franklin High Desert Mavericks 03/02/91
Can he follow up an outstanding 2010 season?
10 Reymond Fuentes Lake Elsinore Storm 02/12/91
Another part of Padres' haul for Adrian Gonzalez
CAROLINA  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Giovanni Soto Kinston Indians 05/18/91
Finesse lefty pitches older than his age was picked up for Jhonny Peralta last year
2 Leury Garcia Myrtle Beach Pelicans 03/18/91
Very good defensive SS, but questions remain about his bat
3 Santiago Hill Myrtle Beach Pelicans 02/11/91
Also known as Santiago Chirino, has shown good glove, OK bat in past
4 Michael Almanzar Salem Red Sox 12/02/90
Son of big league pitcher Carlos Almanzar needs to develop more power
5 Arodys Vizcaino Lynchburg Hillcats 11/13/90
Could pretty quickly become the youngest player in the Southern League
6 Robbie Erlin Myrtle Beach Pelicans 10/08/90
He may be 20, but he pitches like a 30-year-old
7 Joseph Ortiz Myrtle Beach Pelicans 08/13/90
Seems like a veteran as a 20-year-old, in his fifth minor league season, primarily as a reliever
8 Clayton Cook Kinston Indians 07/23/90
Pretty good stuff, led off by a low 90s fastball; has an ERA just over 3.00 for his career
9 Eury Perez Potomac Nationals 05/30/90
Strong finish to 2010 season in Hagerstown showed he was ready for Carolina League
10 Destin Hood Potomac Nationals 04/03/90
Still somewhat raw, but athletic outfielder has made significant strides since signing in 2008
FLORIDA STATE  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Jonathan Singleton Clearwater Threshers 09/18/91
Move to OF means he may be able to fit in Philly
2 Wilmer Flores St. Lucie Mets 08/06/91
Defensive questions, but he can hit wherever he plays in the field
3 Scottie Allen Tampa Yankees 07/03/91
High school draftee had dominating 2009, so-so 2010
4 Jefry Marte St. Lucie Mets 06/21/91
Example No. 1,201 of how Mets move their Latin players quickly. Already has two years of A ball experience
5 Avisail Garcia Lakeland Flying Tigers 06/12/91
Was youngest player in Midwest League in 2009. One of best prospects in Detroit's system
6 Cesar Puello St. Lucie Mets 04/01/91
Toolsy OF shows power in BP, does he start to show it in games this year?
7 Chad James Jupiter Hammerheads 01/23/91
2009 first-rounder had rough 2010, promoted anyway
8 Daniel Fields Lakeland Flying Tigers 01/23/91
Spent all of 2010 in Lakeland, back for return trip after hitting .240/.343/.371 last year
9 Hak-Ju Lee Charlotte Stone Crabs 11/04/90
Trade sent him from one team with lots of young SSs to another. On DL right now with chicken pox
10 Jae-Hoon Ha Daytona Cubs 10/29/90
Originally signed as a catcher, developing power gives him a chance to stick in right field
MIDWEST  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Yorman Rodriguez Dayton Dragons 08/15/92
Has grown into RF from CF already, but Reds still very excited about his potential
2 Oscar Taveras Quad Cities River Bandits 06/19/92
Excellent pure hitter is now sidelined with a pulled hamstring
3 J.R. Bradley South Bend Silver Hawks 06/09/92
From same high school as J.R. House. Projectable righthander has plus fastball, working on the rest
4 Alex Monsalve Lake County Captains 04/22/92
Could quickly climb Indians' catching ranks with a solid season
5 Marcus Littlewood Clinton LumberKings 03/18/92
2010 second-rounder is making his pro debut in Clinton after signing for $900,000
6 Gary Pena Lansing Lugnuts 03/10/92
Shortstop has struggled to top Mendoza line in two years in GCL, now facing massive leap to MWL
7 Nick Castellanos West Michigan Whitecaps 03/04/92
Tigers felt he had one of the best bats in the 2010 draft, so no surprise he's already in low Class A
8 Dixon Machado West Michigan Whitecaps 02/22/92
His glove has gotten him quick assignment to full-season ball, now he has to show he can hit
9 Julio Morban Clinton LumberKings 02/13/92
Missed almost all of 2010 with injuries, but when healthy, he has impressive tools as corner outfielder
10 Jose Dore Fort Wayne TinCaps 02/09/92
Not many high school eighth-round picks from last year's draft would be ready for Midwest League so soon
SOUTH ATLANTIC  
Rk Player Team DOB
1 Jurickson Profar Hickory Crawdads 02/20/93
Gary Sanchez is young, but Profar's even younger
2 Gary Sanchez Charleston (SC) RiverDogs 12/02/92
Destroyed the GCL last year as a 17-year-old. A big 2011 will put him among game's top prospects
3 Bryce Harper Hagerstown Suns 10/16/92
Very rarely will you see an American play a full year in SAL at 18
4 Delino DeShields Lexington Legends 08/16/92
Astros needed to bring speed to their farm system, DeShields definitely fits the bill
5 Domingo Santana Lakewood BlueClaws 08/05/92
Was sent down from Lakewood last year, but Phillies No. 9 prospect should do better in second try
6 Rafael Rodriguez Augusta GreenJackets 07/13/92
After signing for $2.55 million in 2008, massive 6-foot-5 outfielder draws Dave Winfield comparisons
7 Manny Machado Delmarva Shorebirds 07/06/92
Orioles' best prospect is already the best shortstop prospect in the minors
8 Roberto Pena Lexington Legends 06/08/92
Glove work behind plate has gotten him here, but hasn't shown yet that he can hit
9 Anderson Feliz Charleston (SC) RiverDogs 05/11/92
Switch-hitter signed for $750,000 back in 2008. Has moved from shortstop to second base since signing
10 Kellin Deglan Hickory Crawdads 05/03/92
2010 first-round pick had rough pro debut last year, but Rangers believe in him enough to move him up ladder

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