MLB’s Top 10 Stars Under Age 25

MLB’s Top 10 Stars Under Age 25

By Burt Carey

 

Don’t look now but Major League Baseball’s stars of tomorrow have already checked in, and in a big way.

A record 20 players at this year’s MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati were under 25 years old, marking a youthful push that hasn’t been seen in the game for decades.

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With young players becoming baseball’s biggest stars, it’s worth a tip of the cap to salute the top 10 rated players under the age of 25, as selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts.

  1. Gerrit Cole, Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
    Born: Newport Beach, Calif.
    HS: Orange Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
    College: UCLA

Selected No. 1 of the 2011 draft by the Pirates, 6-foot, 4-inch Gerrit Cole has dominated this season with a 14-4 record, a 2.24 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 132 innings.

  1. Anthony Rizzo, 1st Base, Chicago Cubs
    Born: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    HS: Stoneman-Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.

Anthony Rizzo was selected in the 6th round of the 2007 draft by the Boston Red Sox and made his major league debut in 2011 with the San Diego Padres before going to the Cubs, where his batting average jumped to .285 in 2012. Currently batting .282 with 16 home runs, Rizzo is a two-time All-Star.

  1.  Carlos Correa, Shortstop, Houston Astros
    Born: Ponce, Puerto Rico
    HS: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, PR

A No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa worked quickly through the Astros farm system and made his major league debut on June 8. The big shortstop — he’s 6-4, 240 — is hitting .288 with 8 home runs in just 41 games. He’ll turn 21 in September.

  1. Madison Bumgarner, Pitcher, San Francisco Giants
    Born: Hickory, N.C.
    HS: South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C.

Madison Bumgarner already has three World Series champion rings. The southpaw has recorded over 1,000 strikeouts and 78 wins in five full seasons in the majors. In 2015, he’s 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA.

  1. Jose Fernandez, Pitcher, Miami Marlins
    Born: Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
    HS: Braulio Alonso HS, Tampa, Fla.

Now in his third season with the Marlins big-league club, Jose Fernandez was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was selected for the 2013 All-Star team. This year, following Tommy John surgery, he’s 3-0 in the four games he’s started, recording a 2.77 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.

  1.  Sonny Gray, Pitcher, Oakland A’s
    Born: Nashville, Tenn.
    HS: Smyrna HS, Nashville, Tenn.
    College: Vanderbilt University

Standing at a mere 5-11 with a 195-pound frame, Sonny Gray doesn’t appear intimidating on the mound. But batters around the American League will tell you his ball has movement. The A’s ace is 10-4 this year with a commanding 2.30 ERA.

  1.  Giancarlo Stanton, Outfield, Miami Marlins
    Born: Panorama City, Calif.
    HS: Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Giancarlo Stanton made his major league debut in 2010 at age 19. Now 25, he’s hit five of the 13 longest home runs in the majors this year, according to Statcast. The three-time All-Star’s 27 homers and 67 RBIs speak volumes around the National League.

  1.  Manny Machado, 3rd Base, Baltimore Orioles
    Born: Hialeah, Fla.
    HS: Brito Miami Private School, Miami, Fla.

A strong showing on the gold medal USA Baseball 18 & Under team in the Pan American Junior Championship convinced the Orioles to select Manny Machado No. 3 overall in the 2010 draft. He battled knee problems in the ’13 and ’14 campaigns and this year the 6-3 right-hander has slammed 21 home runs and plated 51 RBIs with a .289 batting average.

  1.  Bryce Harper, Outfield, Washington Nationals
    Born: Las Vegas
    HS: Las Vegas HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
    College: College of Southern Nevada

At age 16, Bryce Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A year later he was selected No. 1 by the Nationals in the 2010 draft and debuted with the big-league club on opening day of 2012. The three-time All-Star was the NL Rookie of the Year (age 19), and his .330 batting average with 27 home runs and 64 RBIs has him in position for a league MVP award.

  1. Mike Trout, Centerfield, Los Angeles Angels
    Born: Vineland, N.J.
    HS: Millville HS, Vineland, N.J.

With a league-leading 31 homers this season, Mike Trout was an easy pick for the 2015 All-Star game. He didn’t disappoint. He was named MVP of the mid-summer classic for the second consecutive year. Those awards sit next to his 2014 American League MVP trophy and the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year award.

Less than two years after being drafted No. 25 overall in 2009, he made his major-league debut and played in just 40 games for the Angels. He broke out in 2012, batting .326 with 30 home runs. He’s already belted 31 homers in 2015, and his .315 batting average has him contending to win another league MVP award.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle