Youngest Professional Baseball Players By League 2018

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Youngest By League, 2018 Opening Day

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Ronald Acuna (Getty Images)

SEE ALSO: The Padres are easily the youngest organization in the full season minors.

As we do every year, here is a look at the youngest players in every league on active rosters during the first weekend of the season. While this is a snapshot, it's a useful one. Generally players who are considered capable of playing in a league years before their peers are prospects worth watching.

Probably the most surprising and amazing name on this list is Mariners shortstop Cesar Izturis Jr. Before this year, Izturis' only pro experience was playing in the Dominican Summer League last season. But when injuries struck, the Mariners promoted Izturis from extended spring training to Triple-A, where he is serving as a backup. Izturis is more than two years younger than anyone else in the Pacific Coast League.

TRIPLE-A

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

  1. Ronald Acuna, Gwinnett (ATL) 20.3
  2. *Kolby Allard, Gwinnett (ATL) 20.6
  3. Mike Soroka, Gwinnett (ATL) 20.7
  4. Victor Robles, Syracuse (WAS) 20.9
  5. Gleyber Torres, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY) 21.3
  6. Jose Mujica, Durham (TB) 21.8
  7. Michael Kopech, Charlotte (CWS) 21.9
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, Lehigh Valley (PHI) 22.3
  9. #Francisco Mejia, Columbus (CLE) 22.4
  10. *Jake Bauers, Durham (TB) 22.5

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

  1. #Cesar Izturis, Tacoma (SEA) 18.4
  2. Luis Urias, El Paso (SD) 20.8
  3. *Kyle Tucker, Fresno (HOU) 21.2
  4. Jaime Barria, Salt Lake (LAA) 21.7
  5. Freddy Peralta, Colorado Springs (MIL) 21.8
  6. *Alex Verdugo, Oklahoma City (LAD) 21.9
  7. *Magneuris Sierra, New Orleans (MIA) 22.0
  8. Rainis Silva, Tacoma (SEA) 22.0
  9. Franklin Barreto, Nashville (OAK) 22.1
  10. Francis Martes, Fresno (HOU) 22.4

Double-A

EASTERN LEAGUE

  1. Vladimir Guerrero, New Hampshire (TOR) 19.0
  2. Bo Bichette, New Hampshire (TOR) 20.1
  3. *Cornelius Randolph, Reading (PHI) 20.8
  4. #Willi Castro, Akron (CLE) 20.9
  5. Peter Lambert, Hartford (COL) 21.0
  6. Ke'Bryan Hayes, Altoona (PIT) 21.2
  7. Edgar Garcia, Reading (PHI) 21.5
  8. Beau Burrows, Erie (DET) 21.5
  9. *JoJo Romero, Reading (PHI) 21.6
  10. Brendan Rodgers, Hartford (COL) 21.6

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

  1. *Ricardo Sanchez, Mississippi (ATL) 21.0
  2. Austin Riley, Mississippi (ATL) 21.0
  3. Nick Neidert, Jacksonville (MIA) 21.4
  4. *Trent Grisham, Biloxi  (MIL) 21.4
  5. *Genesis Cabrera, Montgomery (TB) 21.5
  6. Jermaine Palacios, Montgomery (TB) 21.7
  7. Touki Toussaint, Mississippi (ATL) 21.8
  8. *Isan Diaz, Jacksonville (MIA) 21.8
  9. *Kodi Medeiros, Biloxi (MIL) 21.9
  10. Spencer Adams, Birmingham (CWS) 22.0

TEXAS LEAGUE

  1. Fernando Tatis, San Antonio (SD) 19.2
  2. #Keibert Ruiz, Tulsa (LAD) 19.7
  3. *Yordan Alvarez, Corpus Christi (HOU) 20.8
  4. *Josh Naylor, San Antonio (SD) 20.8
  5. *Logan Allen, San Antonio (SD) 20.9
  6. #Michael De Leon, Frisco  (TEX) 21.2
  7. Jake Woodford, Springfield (STL) 21.4
  8. *Caleb Ferguson, Tulsa (LAD) 21.7
  9. *Samir Duenez, Northwest Arkansas (KC) 21.8
  10. *Cionel Perez, Corpus Christi (HOU) 21.9

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Eloy Jimenez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Share Charlotte Stage

Both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jimenez are continuing a trend of major success for Latin American youngsters.

HIGH CLASS A

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

  1. Eguy Rosario, Lake Elsinore (SD) 18.6
  2. *Adrian Morejon, Lake Elsinore (SD) 19.1
  3. Hudson Potts, Lake Elsinore (SD) 19.4
  4. Kelvin Melean, Lake Elsinore (SD) 19.6
  5. *Joe Rizzo, Modesto (SEA) 20.0
  6. Sandro Fabian, San Jose(SF) 20.1
  7. Omar Estevez, Rancho Cucamonga (LAD) 20.1
  8. *Jose Suarez, Inland Empire (LAA) 20.2
  9. *Gavin Lux, Rancho Cucamonga (LAD) 20.4
  10. Colton Welker, Lancaster (COL) 20.5

CAROLINA LEAGUE

  1. Bryan Mata, Salem (BOS) 18.9
  2. *Aramis Ademan, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 19.5
  3. #Leody Taveras, Down East (TEX) 19.6
  4. *Khalil Lee, Wilmington (KC) 19.8
  5. *Anderson Tejeda, Down East (TEX) 19.9
  6. Roniel Raudes, Salem (BOS) 20.2
  7. Carter Kieboom, Potomac (WAS) 20.6
  8. Brendon Davis, Down East (TEX) 20.7
  9. Hildemaro Requena, Salem (BOS) 20.7
  10. Jhon Peluffo, Frederick (BAL) 20.8

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

  1. Isaac Paredes, Lakeland (DET) 19.1
  2. Cristian Pache, Florida (ATL) 19.4
  3. *Andres Gimenez, St. Lucie (NYM) 19.6
  4. *Mickey Moniak, Clearwater (PHI) 19.9
  5. Ian Anderson, Florida (ATL) 19.9
  6. *Josh Lowe, Charlotte (TB) 20.2
  7. *Wennigton Romero, Daytona (CIN) 20.2
  8. Pablo Olivares, Tampa(NYY) 20.2
  9. Bryse Wilson, Florida (ATL) 20.3
  10. *Estevan Florial, Tampa (NYY) 20.3

LOW CLASS A

MIDWEST LEAGUE

  1. #Justin Lopez, Fort Wayne (SD) 17.9
  2. *Tirso Ornelas, Fort Wayne (SD) 18.1
  3. Gabriel Arias, Fort Wayne (SD) 18.1
  4. *Jeisson Rosario, Fort Wayne (SD) 18.4
  5. Hunter Greene, Dayton (CIN) 18.7
  6. Melvin Jimenez, Great Lakes (LAD) 18.7
  7. Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids (MIN) 18.8
  8. Maximo Castillo, Lansing (TOR) 18.91
  9. Jo Adell, Burlington (LAA) 19.0
  10. Blayne Enlow, Cedar Rapids (MIN) 19.0

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE

  1. *Luis Garcia, Hagerstown (WAS) 17.9
  2. #Yasel Antuna, Hagerstown (WAS) 18.4
  3. Heliot Ramos, Augusta (SF) 18.6
  4. *Mason Martin, West Virginia (PIT) 18.8
  5. #Rodolfo Castro, West Virginia (PIT) 18.9
  6. Lolo Sanchez, West Virginia (PIT) 18.9
  7. *Miguel Aparicio, Hickory (TEX) 19.0
  8. *Calvin Mitchell, West Virginia (PIT) 19.1
  9. Oswaldo Cabrera, Charleston (NYY) 19.1
  10. Ryan Vilade, Asheville (COL) 19.1

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