Youngest Players On Opening Day Rosters In Every Minor League In 2023

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Brewers phenom Jackson Chourio ended 2022 as the youngest player in Double-A. In 2023, nothing has changed. With a completely new set of rosters, Chourio begins the season not only as the youngest player in the Southern League, but also as the youngest player at Double-A.

The only difference? Now, he ranks as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game.

Chourio’s excellent performances at both Class A levels hinted at the kind of prospect he might become. With that in mind, BA takes its annual look at the youngest players on Opening Day rosters in each minor league. 

The name that immediately jumps out is Nelson Rada. The Angels outfielder signed his first pro contract in January 2022, then posted an excellent season in the Dominican Summer League. This year, the Angels have challenged the 17-year-old Rada, who begins the season as the youngest player in the full-season minor leagues after earning an assignment to Low-A Inland Empire.

The Angels were also aggressive with another one of their top prospects, catcher Edgar Quero, who jumped over High-A and began the season in Double-A Rocket City. He’s coming off a 2022 season in which he was MVP of the Low-A California League after hitting .312/.435/.530 with 35 doubles, 17 home runs and 12 stolen bases.

The youngest pitcher in the minor leagues is Braves righthander Didier Fuentes, who, like Rada, jumped over extended spring training and begins his season with Low-A Augusta. Fuentes signed with the Braves for $75,000 out of Colombia in 2022 and posted a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the DSL. He pairs a mid-90s fastball with a high-70s curveball that got whiffs at a 50% clip in 2022.  

Here are the top 10 youngest players in each full-season minor league on Opening Day. Only active players are counted, though players who would have ranked top 10 but opened on the seven-day injured list are listed as a footnote. BA previously reviewed the youngest players on major league Opening Day rosters.

International League (Triple-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Masyn Winn SS Memphis Redbirds STL 21.02
2 Francisco Alvarez C Syracuse Mets NYM 21.36
3 Jhonkensy Noel OF Columbus Clippers CLE 21.71
4 Ronny Mauricio SS Syracuse Mets NYM 21.98
5 Taj Bradley RHP Durham Bulls TB 22.03
6 Malcom Nunez 3B Indianapolis Indians PIT 22.06
7 Brayan Rocchio SS Columbus Clippers CLE 22.21
8 Vaughn Grissom 2B Gwinnett Stripers ATL 22.23
9 George Valera OF Columbus Clippers CLE 22.37
10 Curtis Mead 2B Durham Bulls TB 22.42

Opened on seven-day IL: Elly De La Cruz, SS, Louisville (Reds), age 21.21

Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Tyler Soderstrom C Las Vegas Aviators OAK 21.34
2 Kyle Harrison LHP Sacramento River Cats SF 21.63
3 Justin Martinez RHP Reno Aces ARI 21.66
4 Blake Walston LHP Reno Aces ARI 21.75
5 Jordan Diaz 2B Las Vegas Aviators OAK 22.63
6 Livan Soto SS Salt Lake Bees LAA 22.77
7 Jonathan Ornelas 3B Round Rock Express TEX 22.84
8 Chase Silseth RHP Salt Lake Bees LAA 22.86
9 Misael Tamarez RHP Sugar Land Skeeters HOU 23.20
10 Jairo Solis RHP Sugar Land Skeeters HOU 23.27

Opened on seven-day IL: Jorge Barrosa, OF, Reno (D-backs), age 22.11

Eastern League (Double-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Jasson Dominguez OF Somerset Patriots NYY 20.15
2 Warming Bernabel SS Hartford Yard Goats COL 20.82
3 Petey Halpin OF Akron RubberDucks CLE 20.85
4 Nick Yorke 2B Portland Sea Dogs BOS 21.00
5 Gabriel Rodriguez SS Akron RubberDucks CLE 21.10
6 Case Williams RHP Hartford Yard Goats COL 21.12
7 Luis Matos OF Richmond Flying Squirrels SF 21.17
  Angel Martinez 2B Akron RubberDucks CLE 21.17
9 Zac Veen OF Hartford Yard Goats COL 21.30
10 Coby Mayo 3B Bowie Baysox BAL 21.31

Southern League (Double-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Jackson Chourio OF Biloxi Shuckers MIL 19.06
2 Eury Perez RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos MIA 19.96
3 Edgar Quero C Rocket City Trash Pandas LAA 19.99
4 Cristian Mena RHP Birmingham Barons CWS 20.28
5 Jeferson Quero C Biloxi Shuckers MIL 20.48
6 David Calabrese OF Rocket City Trash Pandas LAA 20.51
7 Owen Caissie OF Tennessee Smokies CHC 20.73
8 Pete Crow-Armstrong OF Tennessee Smokies CHC 21.02
9 Bryan Ramos 3B Birmingham Barons CWS 21.05
10 Anthony Molina RHP Montgomery Biscuits TB 21.22

Texas League (Double-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Deyvison De Los Santos 3B Amarillo Sod Poodles ARI 19.78
2 Evan Carter CF Frisco RoughRiders TEX 20.59
3 Jordan Lawlar SS Amarillo Sod Poodles ARI 20.71
4 Thomas Saggese SS Frisco RoughRiders TEX 20.97
5 Luisangel Acuña SS Frisco RoughRiders TEX 21.05
6 Joey Estes RHP Midland RockHounds OAK 21.48
7 Jaime Melendez RHP Corpus Christi Hooks HOU 21.51
8 Tekoah Roby RHP Frisco RoughRiders TEX 21.53
9 Diego Cartaya C Tulsa Drillers LAD 21.56
10 Darell Hernaiz SS Midland RockHounds OAK 21.66

Midwest League (High-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Victor Lizarraga RHP Fort Wayne TinCaps SD 19.33
2 Hendry Mendez OF Wisconsin Timber Rattlers MIL 19.40
3 Jose Serrano 3B Dayton Dragons CIN 19.46
4 Edwin Arroyo SS Dayton Dragons CIN 19.60
5 Carter Jensen C Quad Cities River Bandits KC 19.75
6 Roberto Campos OF West Michigan Whitecaps DET 19.80
7 Alejandro Hidalgo RHP Cedar Rapids Kernels MIN 19.86
8 Jose Salas SS Cedar Rapids Kernels MIN 19.93
9 Jackson Merrill SS Fort Wayne TinCaps SD 19.95
10 Kahlil Watson SS Beloit Snappers MIA 19.96

Northwest League (High-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Victor Juarez RHP Spokane Indians COL 19.78
2 Adrian Placencia SS Tri-City Dust Devils LAA 19.83
3 Aeverson Arteaga SS Eugene Emeralds SF 20.04
4 Dahian Santos RHP Vancouver Canadians TOR 20.09
5 Harry Ford C Everett AquaSox SEA 20.11
6 Axel Sanchez SS Everett AquaSox SEA 20.31
7 Adrian Sugastey C Eugene Emeralds SF 20.44
8 Peniel Otano RHP Hillsboro Hops ARI 20.48
9 Estiven Machado SS Vancouver Canadians TOR 20.49
  Eric Silva RHP Eugene Emeralds SF 20.49

South Atlantic League (High-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 TJ White OF Wilmington Blue Rocks WSH 19.69
2 Junior Caminero SS Bowling Green Hot Rods TB 19.74
3 Mitch Bratt LHP Hickory Crawdads TEX 19.75
4 Carson Williams SS Bowling Green Hot Rods TB 19.77
5 Ignacio Alvarez 3B Rome Braves ATL 19.97
6 Hao Yu Lee 2B Jersey Shore BlueClaws PHI 20.16
7 Alex Ramirez OF Brooklyn Cyclones NYM 20.21
8 Andry Lara RHP Wilmington Blue Rocks WSH 20.23
9 Frederick Bencosme 3B Aberdeen IronBirds BAL 20.27
10 Blaze Jordan 3B Greenville Drive BOS 20.28


California League (Low-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Nelson Rada CF Inland Empire 66ers LAA 17.60
2 Rosman Verdugo 2B Lake Elsinore Storm SD 18.16
3 Samuel Zavala OF Lake Elsinore Storm SD 18.71
4 Jorge Ruiz OF Inland Empire 66ers LAA 18.75
5 Andy Perez SS Fresno Grizzlies COL 18.83
6 Payton Martin RHP Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 18.87
7 Denzer Guzman SS Inland Empire 66ers LAA 19.14
8 Walbert Urena RHP Inland Empire 66ers LAA 19.18
9 Gabriel Gonzalez OF Modesto Nuts SEA 19.24
10 Gerelmi Maldonado RHP San Jose Giants SF 19.28
  Jesus Galiz C Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 19.28
  Robby Snelling LHP Lake Elsinore Storm SD 19.28

Carolina League (Low-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Didier Fuentes RHP Augusta GreenJackets ATL 17.79
2 Anthony Gutierrez OF Down East Wood Ducks TEX 18.35
3 Samuel Basallo C Delmarva Shorebirds BAL 18.63
4 Gleider Figuereo SS Down East Wood Ducks TEX 18.76
5 Manuel Mejias C Lynchburg Hillcats CLE 18.80
6 Danyer Cueva SS Down East Wood Ducks TEX 18.84
7 Seth Keller RHP Augusta GreenJackets ATL 18.85
8 Cutter Coffey SS Salem Red Sox BOS 18.86
9 Roman Anthony OF Salem Red Sox BOS 18.88
10 Brenner Cox OF Fredericksburg Nationals WSH 18.89

Florida State League (Low-A)

Rk Player Pos Team Org Age
1 Cam Collier 3B Daytona Tortugas CIN 18.36
2 Leonardo Balcazar SS Daytona Tortugas CIN 18.79
3 Victor Acosta SS Daytona Tortugas CIN 18.81
  Manuel Beltre SS Dunedin Blue Jays TOR 18.81
5 Sammy Hernandez C Dunedin Blue Jays TOR 18.83
6 Karson Milbrandt RHP Jupiter Hammerheads MIA 18.94
7 Alessandro Ercolani RHP Bradenton Marauders PIT 18.95
8 Danny De Andrade SS Fort Myers Mighty Mussels MIN 18.97
9 Juan Reynoso RHP Jupiter Hammerheads MIA 18.99
10 Hector Rodriguez OF Daytona Tortugas CIN 19.06

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