The 30 Youngest, Oldest MLB Players To Start 2024


Image credit: Jackson Chourio (Freek Bouw/Four Seam Images)

Jackson Chourio is the youngest player on any MLB Opening Day active roster, and he’s also one of the youngest players to debut in years.

Since 2010, only Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Jurickson Profar, Dylan Bundy, Julio Urias, Juan Soto and Elvis Luciano have made their MLB debuts at a younger age than Chourio, who turned 20 on March 11. Soto is the only position player since 2012 to debut at a younger age.

Here’s the complete list of MLB players who debuted at a younger age than Chourio since 1991.

PlayerDebut YearAge
Ivan Rodriguez199119.56
Todd Van Poppel199119.76
Alex Rodriguez199418.95
Karim Garcia199519.84
Andruw Jones199619.31
Gene Kingsale199620.04
Adrian Beltre199819.21
Aramis Ramirez199819.92
Wilson Betemit200119.88
Jose Reyes200320.00
Edwin Jackson200320.00
B.J. Upton200419.95
Andres Blanco200420.02
Felix Hernandez200519.32
Justin Upton200719.94
Mike Trout201119.92
Bryce Harper201219.53
Jurickson Profar201219.53
Dylan Bundy201219.85
Julio Urias201619.79
Juan Soto201819.55
Elvis Luciano201919.12

Padres center fielder Jackson Merrill is the other 20-year-old on an Opening Day roster, while Julio Rodriguez stands out as a very established star who still ranks among MLB’s youngest.

30 youngest big leaguers on Opening Day

1Jackson ChourioOFMilwaukee Brewers20.05
2Jackson MerrillOFSan Diego Padres20.94
3Evan CarterCFTexas Rangers21.58
4Jordan WalkerOFSt. Louis Cardinals21.85
5Masyn WinnSSSt. Louis Cardinals22.02
6Nolan Schanuel1BLos Angeles Angels22.12
7Anthony MolinaRHPColorado Rockies22.21
8Elly De La Cruz3BCincinnati Reds22.21
9Francisco AlvarezCNew York Mets22.36
10Wyatt LangfordOFTexas Rangers22.37
11Colt Keith2BDetroit Tigers22.62
12Kyle HarrisonLHPSan Francisco Giants22.63
13Jared JonesRHPPittsburgh Pirates22.64
14Darell HernaizSSOakland Athletics22.65
15Ezequiel TovarSSColorado Rockies22.66
16Gunnar Henderson3BBaltimore Orioles22.75
17Anthony VolpeSSNew York Yankees22.92
18Michael HarrisOFAtlanta Braves23.06
19Victor ScottOFSt. Louis Cardinals23.12
20Zach NetoSSLos Angeles Angels23.16
21Brayan RocchioSSCleveland Guardians23.21
22Julio RodriguezOFSeattle Mariners23.25
23Curtis Mead2BTampa Bay Rays23.42
24CJ AbramsSSWashington Nationals23.49
25Riley GreeneCFDetroit Tigers23.50
26Graham Pauley3BSan Diego Padres23.51
27Ceddanne RafaelaOFBoston Red Sox23.53
28Luke LittleLHPChicago Cubs23.58
29Corbin CarrollOFArizona Diamondbacks23.60
30Nasim NunezSSWashington Nationals23.61

The Braves decision to add Jesse Chavez to the Opening Day roster makes him the old man of all 30 MLB rosters. He actually takes the title away from teammate Charlie Morton. With Zack Greinke unsigned, those two are the only 2002 draftees remaining in the major leagues.

30 oldest big leaguers on Opening Day

30Aroldis ChapmanLHPPittsburgh Pirates36.08
29Chase AndersonRHPBoston Red Sox36.33
28Bryan ShawRHPChicago White Sox36.39
27Jay JacksonRHPMinnesota Twins36.42
26Kyle GibsonRHPSt. Louis Cardinals36.43
25Kenley JansenRHPBoston Red Sox36.50
24Paul Goldschmidt1BSt. Louis Cardinals36.55
23Ryan BrasierRHPLos Angeles Dodgers36.59
22Justin WilsonLHPCincinnati Reds36.61
21Yan GomesCChicago Cubs36.70
20Lance LynnRHPSt. Louis Cardinals36.88
19Kirby YatesRHPTexas Rangers37.01
18Carlos CarrascoRHPCleveland Guardians37.02
17Daniel HudsonRHPLos Angeles Dodgers37.06
16Luis GarciaRHPLos Angeles Angels37.16
15Jose Abreu1BHouston Astros37.16
14Jake DiekmanLHPNew York Mets37.19
13Brandon CrawfordSSSt. Louis Cardinals37.19
12Andrew McCutchenDHPittsburgh Pirates37.47
11Martin MaldonadoCChicago White Sox37.62
10Yu DarvishRHPSan Diego Padres37.62
9Charlie BlackmonDHColorado Rockies37.74
8Chris MartinRHPBoston Red Sox37.82
7Carlos Santana1BMinnesota Twins37.97
6Matt CarpenterDHSt. Louis Cardinals38.34
5Adam OttavinoRHPNew York Mets38.35
4David RobertsonRHPTexas Rangers38.97
3Justin Turner3BToronto Blue Jays39.35
2Charlie MortonRHPAtlanta Braves40.38
1Jesse ChavezRHPAtlanta Braves40.61

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