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Youngest Players By League On Opening Day 2022

If history is any indication, a team aggressively moving a player up the minor league ladder serves as an excellent vote of confidence. It's also often a sign of great things to come.

For an example, let's turn the clock all the way back to 2021. The youngest player in Triple-A was Wander Franco. A year later, he's made his big league debut, was part of a playoff roster and looks like he has a chance to reach his lofty ceiling.

The youngest player in the Double-A Texas League was Padres super prospect CJ Abrams. Opening Day this year? He's in the big leagues. The same might have been true for Tigers outfielder Riley Greene—who was the youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League—were it not for a broken foot suffered late in spring training. Hunter Greene was the fifth-youngest player in the Double-A Southern League, and he dazzled this past week in his first big league start.

The youngest player in the High-A Northwest League was Mariners Uber-talent Julio Rodriguez. Guess where he spent his Opening Day. That's right, with the big league team in Minnesota.

The youngest player on any Opening Day roster in 2021 was Marlins righthander Eury Perez, who made the Low-A roster despite having never thrown a pro pitch. He crushed the competition in the Florida State League, and finished the year with five starts in the Midwest League. Instead of returning to High-A, the Marlins chose to jump Perez to Double-A, where he's the youngest player at any classification above Low-A.

Perez's Double-A assignment is the first time an 18-year-old pitcher has begun the season in Double-A since Julio Urias began the 2015 season at Double-A Tulsa. Urias and Perez are the only two 18-year-old pitchers since 2010 to begin a season at Double-A.

Below, Baseball America once again brings you the youngest players at each minor league level. Some names are familiar, others aren't. Five leagues, including the National League, have Top 100 Prospects as their youngest player. The players who are at the top of the other leagues might just be on the Top 100 by this time next year.

Also worth noting. Nationals star Juan Soto was the fifth-youngest player on any National League roster for Opening Day 2022. Soto is also tied for 100th on the active leaderboard for MLB home runs (99) and is 48th among all active players in walks (375).

American League
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Wander Franco, SSTampa Bay RaysTB21.10
2Julio Rodriguez, RFSeattle MarinersSEA21.27
3Bobby Witt, SSKansas City RoyalsKC21.82
4Luis Patino, RHPTampa Bay RaysTB22.45
5Spencer Torkelson, 3BDetroit TigersDET22.62
6Joe Perez, 3BHouston AstrosHOU22.66
7Jarred Kelenic, LFSeattle MarinersSEA22.73
8Reid Detmers, LHPLos Angeles AngelsLAA22.75
9Jo Adell, LFLos Angeles AngelsLAA23.00
10Vladimir Guerrero, 1BToronto Blue JaysTOR23.06
National League
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1CJ Abrams, SSSan Diego PadresSD21.51
2Geraldo Perdomo, SSArizona DiamondbacksARI22.47
3Hunter Greene, RHPCincinnati RedsCIN22.67
4Spencer Strider, RHPAtlanta BravesATL23.45
5Juan Soto, RFWashington NationalsWAS23.45
6Dylan Carlson, CFSt. Louis CardinalsSTL23.46
7Andre Pallante, RHPSt. Louis CardinalsSTL23.55
8Brusdar Graterol, RHPLos Angeles DodgersLAD23.62
9Joan Adon, RHPWashington NationalsWAS23.66
10Keibert Ruiz, CWashington NationalsWAS23.72
International League (AAA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Oswald Peraza, SSScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRidersNYY21.81
2Ivan Herrera, CMemphis RedbirdsSTL21.85
3Luis Garcia, SSRochester Red WingsWAS21.90
4Nolan Gorman, 3BMemphis RedbirdsSTL21.91
5Gabriel Arias, SSColumbus ClippersCLE22.11
6Triston Casas, 1BWorcester Red SoxBOS22.23
7Mark Vientos, 3BSyracuse MetsNYM22.33
8Brice Turang, SSNashville SoundsMIL22.38
9Grayson Rodriguez, RHPNorfolk TidesBAL22.39
10Roansy Contreras, RHPIndianapolis IndiansPIT22.42
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Miguel Perez, CFTacoma RainiersSEA21.63
2Alek Thomas, CFReno AcesARI21.94
3Ryan Weathers, LHPEl Paso ChihuahuasSD22.31
4Cole Winn, RHPRound Rock ExpressTEX22.37
5Miguel Vargas, 3BOklahoma City DodgersLAD22.39
6Cesar Izturis, SSTacoma RainiersSEA22.41
7Heliot Ramos, CFSacramento River CatsSF22.59
8Gregory Santos, RHPSacramento River CatsSF22.61
9Eguy Rosario, 2BEl Paso ChihuahuasSD22.62
10Ramon Perez, LHPEl Paso ChihuahuasSD22.77
Eastern League (AA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Francisco Alvarez, CBinghamton Rumble PoniesNYM20.38
2Orelvis Martinez, SSNew Hampshire Fisher CatsTOR20.38
3Ezequiel Tovar, SSHartford Yard GoatsCOL20.69
4Gunnar Henderson, SSBowie BaysoxBAL20.78
5Anthony Volpe, SSSomerset PatriotsNYY20.95
6Ronny Mauricio, SSBinghamton Rumble PoniesNYM21.01
7Jose Tena, SSAkron RubberDucksCLE21.05
8Brayan Rocchio, SSAkron RubberDucksCLE21.23
9Daniel Espino, RHPAkron RubberDucksCLE21.27
10Liover Peguero, SSAltoona CurvePIT21.27
Southern League (AA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Eury Perez, RHPPensacola Blue WahoosMIA18.98
2Jose Rodriguez, SSBirmingham BaronsCWS20.90
3Taj Bradley, RHPMontgomery BiscuitsTB21.05
4Michael Harris, CFMississippi BravesATL21.09
5Coleman Crow, RHPRocket City Trash PandasLAA21.27
6Felix Valerio, 2BBiloxi ShuckersMIL21.28
7Curtis Mead, 2BMontgomery BiscuitsTB21.45
8Johan Lopez, SSMontgomery BiscuitsTB21.70
9Ivan Armstrong, RHPRocket City Trash PandasLAA21.70
10Livan Soto, SSRocket City Trash PandasLAA21.79
Texas League (AA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Jordan Walker, 3BSpringfield (MO) CardinalsSTL19.88
2Jaime Melendez, RHPCorpus Christi HooksHOU20.53
3Julio Robaina, LHPCorpus Christi HooksHOU21.04
4Malcom Nunez, 3BSpringfield (MO) CardinalsSTL21.08
5Andy Pages, RFTulsa DrillersLAD21.33
6Dwayne Matos, RHPSan Antonio MissionsSD21.42
7Simeon Woods Richardson, RHPWichita Wind SurgeMIN21.53
8Corbin Carroll, OFAmarillo Sod PoodlesARI21.63
9Jordan Diaz, 3BMidland RockHoundsOAK21.65
10Jonathan Ornelas, 3BFrisco RoughRidersTEX21.87
Midwest (HiA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Owen Caissie, OFSouth Bend CubsCHC19.75
2Brayan Buelvas, LFLansing LugnutsOAK19.83
3Petey Halpin, OFLake County CaptainsCLE19.87
4Euribiel Angeles, 2BLansing LugnutsOAK19.90
5Yohendrick Pinango, LFSouth Bend CubsCHC19.92
6Masyn Winn, SSPeoria ChiefsSTL20.05
7Gabriel Rodriguez, SSLake County CaptainsCLE20.12
8Ed Howard, SSSouth Bend CubsCHC20.19
9Angel Martinez, 2BLake County CaptainsCLE20.20
10Elly De La Cruz, 2BDayton DragonsCIN20.24
Northwest (HiA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Ronaldo Flores, CEugene EmeraldsSF19.89
2Luis Matos, OFEugene EmeraldsSF20.19
3Zac Veen, CFSpokane IndiansCOL20.32
4Kyren Paris, 2BTri-City Dust DevilsLAA20.41
5Noelvi Marte, SSEverett AquaSoxSEA20.48
6Sem Robberse, RHPVancouver CanadiansTOR20.49
7Marco Luciano, SSEugene EmeraldsSF20.58
8Drew Romo, CSpokane IndiansCOL20.60
9Kyle Harrison, LHPEugene EmeraldsSF20.66
10AJ Vukovich, 3BHillsboro HopsARI20.72
South Atlantic (HiA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Evan Carter, CFHickory CrawdadsTEX19.68
2Maikol Escotto, SSGreensboro GrasshoppersPIT19.92
3Thomas Saggese, SSHickory CrawdadsTEX20.06
4Nick Yorke, 2BGreenville DriveBOS20.09
5Bryan Ramos, 2BWinston-Salem DashCWS20.15
6Luisangel Acuna, SSHickory CrawdadsTEX20.15
7Dariel Lopez, SSGreensboro GrasshoppersPIT20.24
8Coby Mayo, 3BAberdeen IronBirdsBAL20.40
9Cristian Gonzalez, SSAsheville TouristsHOU20.53
10Andrick Nava, CJersey Shore BlueClawsPHI20.57
California League (LoA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Victor Lizarraga, RHPLake Elsinore StormSD18.36
2Pedro Pineda, CFStockton PortsOAK18.59
3Edwin Arroyo, SSModesto NutsSEA18.62
4Leonard Garcia, LHPInland Empire 66ersLAA18.67
5Deyvison De Los Santos, 3BVisalia RawhideARI18.80
6Fernando Guanare, RHPInland Empire 66ersLAA18.80
7Victor Juarez, RHPFresno GrizzliesCOL18.80
8Adrian Placencia, SSInland Empire 66ersLAA18.85
9Alejandro Hidalgo, RHPInland Empire 66ersLAA18.88
10Jackson Merrill, SSLake Elsinore StormSD18.97
Carolina League (LoA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Hendry Mendez, LFCarolina MudcatsMIL18.41
2TJ White, OFFredericksburg NationalsWAS18.71
3Carter Jensen, CColumbia FirefliesKC18.77
4Carson Williams, SSCharleston (SC) RiverDogsTB18.79
5Jose Corniell, RHPDown East Wood DucksTEX18.80
6Moises Chace, RHPDelmarva ShorebirdsBAL18.83
7Brady House, SSFredericksburg NationalsWAS18.84
8Reggie Preciado, SSMyrtle Beach PelicansCHC18.90
9Jheremy Vargas, SSCarolina MudcatsMIL18.91
10Alimber Santa, RHPFayetteville WoodpeckersHOU18.93
Florida State League (LoA)
RkPlayer, Pos.TeamORGAge
1Cristian Santana, SSLakeland Flying TigersDET18.37
2Carlos Marcano, RHPLakeland Flying TigersDET18.75
3Roberto Campos, OFLakeland Flying TigersDET18.82
4Jose Salas, SSJupiter HammerheadsMIA18.95
5Kahlil Watson, SSJupiter HammerheadsMIA18.98
6Andrew Painter, RHPClearwater ThreshersPHI19.00
7Chase Petty, RHPDaytona TortugasCIN19.01
8Jeremy Rivas, SSPalm Beach CardinalsSTL19.10
9Emmanuel Rodriguez, OFFort Myers Mighty MusselsMIN19.11
10Dahian Santos, RHPDunedin Blue JaysTOR19.11


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