Youngest Players In Each League

See Also: Youngest By League, 2015

See Also: Youngest By League, 2014

See Also: Youngest By League, 2013

See Also: Youngest By League, 2012

See Also: Youngest By League, 2011

See Also: Youngest By League, 2010


Carlos Correa is not the youngest player in the American League, but it’s still impressive that the league’s second-youngest player already is one of its best.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
No Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Roberto Osuna, rhp Toronto Blue Jays TOR 21.1
2 Carlos Correa, ss Houston Astros HOU 21.5
3 Luis Severino, rhp New York Yankees NYY 22.1
4 Rougned Odor, 2b Texas Rangers TEX 22.2
5 Byron Buxton, cf Minnesota Twins MIN 22.3
6 Francisco Lindor, ss Cleveland Indians CLE 22.4
7 Ketel Marte, ss Seattle Mariners SEA 22.5
8 Michael Feliz, rhp Houston Astros HOU 22.8
9 Luis Sardinas, util Seattle Mariners SEA 22.9
10 Miguel Sano, rf Minnesota Twins MIN 22.9

Yes, it’s a golden age of shortstops when Corey Seager and Addison Russell are two of the three youngest players in the National League. But more notable is this is the first year Bryce Harper doesn’t appear on the list. He’s now the 16th youngest player in the NL.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Miguel Castro, rhp Colorado Rockies COL 21.3
2 Corey Seager, ss Los Angeles Dodgers LAD 21.9
3 Addison Russell, ss Chicago Cubs CHC 22.2
4 Aaron Nola, rhp Philadelphia Phillies PHI 22.8
5 Joe Ross, rhp Washington Nationals WAS 22.9
6 Luis Perdomo, rhp San Diego Padres SD 22.9
7 Brandon Finnegan, lhp Cincinnati Reds CIN 23.0
8 Kyle Schwarber, lf Chicago Cubs CHC 23.1
9 Michael Conforto, lf New York Mets NYM 23.1
10 Robert Stephenson, rhp Cincinnati Reds CIN 23.1

Three Phillies prospects crack the top 10 youngest in the International League. This list also serves as a reminder as to how young Jose Peraza is—he was up in the big leagues at the end of last year, but he’s still the third-youngest in the IL.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Jose Berrios, rhp Rochester Red Wings MIN 21.8
2 Rio Ruiz, 3b Gwinnett Braves ATL 21.9
3 Jose Peraza, ss Louisville Bats CIN 21.9
4 Zach Eflin, rhp Lehigh Valley IronPigs PHI 22.0
5 Daniel Robertson, ss Durham Bulls TB 22.0
6 Jake Thompson, rhp Lehigh Valley IronPigs PHI 22.2
7 Nick Williams, of Lehigh Valley IronPigs PHI 22.6
8 Sam Travis, 1b Pawtucket Red Sox BOS 22.6
9 Tyler Glasnow, rhp Indianapolis Indians PIT 22.6
10 Jesse Winker, of Louisville Bats CIN 22.6

It’s no surprise that the Dodgers’ Julio Urias is the youngest player in the Pacific Coast League. He’s been the youngest player in every league he’s played in since the Midwest League.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Julio Urias, lhp Oklahoma City Dodgers LAD 19.6
2 Nomar Mazara, of Round Rock Express TEX 20.9
3 Manuel Margot, of El Paso Chihuahuas SD 21.5
4 Orlando Arcia, ss Colorado Springs Sky Sox MIL 21.7
5 Albert Almora, of Iowa Cubs CHC 22.0
6 Renato Nunez, 3b Nashville Sounds OAK 22.0
7 Matt Olson, of Nashville Sounds OAK 22.0
8 Dilson Herrera, 2b Las Vegas 51s NYM 22.1
9 Gavin Cecchini, ss Las Vegas 51s NYM 22.3
10 Joey Gallo, 3b Round Rock Express TEX 22.4

The Blue Jays’ Rowdy Tellez didn’t make a full-season club out of spring training in 2013, his first full pro season, but he’s more than made up for any lost time since then.

EASTERN LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Wendell Rijo, 2b Portland Sea Dogs BOS 20.6
2 Dominic Smith, 1b Binghamton Mets NYM 20.8
3 Christian Arroyo, ss Richmond Flying Squirrels SF 20.8
4 Ronald Herrera, rhp Trenton Thunder NYY 20.9
5 Rowdy Tellez, 1b New Hampshire Fisher Cats TOR 21.0
6 Reese McGuire, c Altoona Curve PIT 21.1
7 Chance Sisco, c Bowie Baysox BAL 21.1
8 German Marquez, rhp Hartford Yard Goats COL 21.1
9 Antonio Senzatela, rhp Hartford Yard Goats COL 21.2
10 J.P. Crawford, ss Reading Fightin’ Phils PHI 21.2

Talk about a jump. The Braves’ Ozzie Albies skipped high Class A to become the youngest player in the Southern League. If he had gone to the Carolina League, he would have been the second-youngest player in the league.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Ozzie Albies, ss Mississippi Braves ATL 19.2
2 Jake Bauers, of/1b Montgomery Biscuits TB 20.5
3 Willy Adames, ss Montgomery Biscuits TB 20.6
4 Tyler O’Neill, of Jackson Generals SEA 20.8
5 Jamie Westbrook, 2b Mobile BayBears ARI 20.8
6 Javier Betancourt, 2b Biloxi Shuckers MIL 20.9
7 Kean Wong, 2b Montgomery Biscuits TB 21.0
8 Jacob Nottingham, c Biloxi Shuckers MIL 21.0
9 Trey Michalczewski, 3b Birmingham Barons CWS 21.1
10 Jen-Ho Tseng, rhp Tennessee Smokies CHC 21.5

The Royals’ Raul A. Mondesi has been the youngest player everywhere he plays. But by returning to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he now is more age-appropriate, though still young for the Texas League. Check out the aggressive assignments for the Dodgers’ Willie Calhoun and the Cardinals’ Harrison Bader, a college player who has jumped from the University of Florida to Double-A in less than a year.

TEXAS LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Alex Verdugo, of Tulsa Drillers LAD 19.9
2 Franklin Barreto, ss Midland RockHounds OAK 20.1
3 Francis Martes, rhp Corpus Christi Hooks HOU 20.4
4 Raul A. Mondesi, ss NW Arkansas Naturals KC 20.7
5 Cody Bellinger, 1b Tulsa Drillers LAD 20.7
6 Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3b Frisco RoughRiders TEX 21.0
7 Willie Calhoun, 2b Tulsa Drillers LAD 21.4
8 Ronald Guzman, 1b Frisco RoughRiders TEX 21.4
9 Carson Kelly, c Springfield Cardinals STL 21.7
10 Harrison Bader, of Springfield Cardinals STL 21.8

Middle infielder Luis Urias, the Padres’ No. 29 prospect, impressed  in the Midwest League last year and has been pushed to the California League after less than 200 full-season at-bats.

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Luis Urias, 2b Lake Elsinore Storm SD 18.8
2 Michael De Leon, ss High Desert Mavericks TEX 19.2
3 Yusniel Diaz, of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 19.5
4 Ryan Castellani, rhp Modesto Nuts COL 20.0
5 Grant Holmes, rhp Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 20.0
6 Juremi Profar, 3b High Desert Mavericks TEX 20.2
7 Ariel Jurado, rhp High Desert Mavericks TEX 20.2
8 Julian Leon, c Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 20.2
9 Kristian Trompiz, 2b Lancaster JetHawks HOU 20.3
10 Forrest Wall, 2b Modesto Nuts COL 20.4

The youngest players in the Carolina League are an impressive group of prospects with Jomar Reyes, Gleyber Torres and Rafael Devers jumping from being among the youngest low Class A players last year.

CAROLINA LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Jomar Reyes, 3b Frederick Keys BAL 19.1
2 Gleyber Torres, ss Myrtle Beach Pelicans CHC 19.3
3 Rafael Devers, 3b Salem Red Sox BOS 19.4
4 Braxton Davidson, of Carolina Mudcats ATL 19.8
5 Bobby Bradley, 1b Lynchburg Hillcats CLE 19.8
6 Justus Sheffield, lhp Lynchburg Hillcats CLE 19.9
7 Spencer Adams, rhp Winston-Salem Dash CWS 20.0
8 Dedgar Jimenez, lhp Salem Red Sox BOS 20.1
9 Yu-Cheng Chang, ss Lynchburg Hillcats CLE 20.6
10 Nick Longhi, 1b Salem Red Sox BOS 20.6

The story of the Florida State League in 2016 should be a great group of shortstops, and most of them are among the youngest players in the league.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Kodi Medeiros, lhp Brevard County Manatees MIL 19.9
2 Richard Urena, ss Dunedin Blue Jays TOR 20.1
3 Amed Rosario, ss St. Lucie Mets NYM 20.4
4 Nick Gordon, ss Fort Myers Miracle MIN 20.4
5 Yancarlos Baez, ss Tampa Yankees NYY 20.5
6 Zach Shepherd, 3b Lakeland Flying Tigers DET 20.5
7 Carlos Tocci, of Clearwater Threshers PHI 20.6
8 Justin Williams, of Charlotte Stone Crabs TB 20.6
9 Riley Unroe, 2b Charlotte Stone Crabs TB 20.7
10 Jorge Mateo, ss Tampa Yankees NYY 20.8

The Padres’ Ruddy Giron is back for a second tour of the Midwest League after he had a great start and a poor finish in 2015.

MIDWEST LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Omar Estevez, 2b Great Lakes Loons LAD 18.1
2 Brendon Davis, 3b Great Lakes Loons LAD 18.7
3 Logan Allen, lhp Fort Wayne TinCaps SD 18.9
4 Willi Castro, 2b Lake County Captains CLE 18.9
5 Luis Arraez, 2b Cedar Rapids Kernels MIN 19.0
6 Junior Fernandez, rhp Peoria Chiefs STL 19.1
7 Kyle Tucker, of Quad Cities River Bandits HOU 19.2
8 Daz Cameron, of Quad Cities River Bandits HOU 19.2
9 Ruddy Giron, ss Fort Wayne TinCaps SD 19.2
10 Eloy Jimenez, of South Bend Cubs CHC 19.3

The most intriguing prospect in the South Atlantic League is also the youngest: Red Sox righthander Anderson Espinoza.

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Rk Player, Pos. Team ORG Age
1 Anderson Espinoza, rhp Greenville Drive BOS 18.1
2 Roniel Raudes, rhp Greenville Drive BOS 18.2
3 Ronald Acuna, of Rome Braves ATL 18.3
4 Mike Soroka, rhp Rome Braves ATL 18.7
5 Lucius Fox, ss Augusta GreenJackets SF 18.7
6 Josh Naylor, 1b Greensboro Grasshoppers MIA 18.8
7 Cornelius Randolph, of Lakewood BlueClaws PHI 18.8
8 Marten Gasparini, ss Lexington Legends KC 18.9
9 Victor Robles, of Hagerstown Suns WAS 18.9
10 Corey Zangari, 1b Kannapolis Intimidators CWS 18.9

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