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The all 25 and under team

Posted by mvetack on February 26, 2010

Every Sport can not hang on to the same stars to fuel their league forever.  Baseball is no different and has already begun the process of passing the torch so they say to the younger guys to carry Major League Baseball.  Here is a look at the top players by position who will be 25 years old or younger on opening day in 2010.

C – Not a ton of young talent that have been in the Majors enough to prove that they have what it takes to be a star in this league.  Buster Posey of San Francisco is expected to be one of those guys but has not had enough of an opportunity to prove himself yet.

Matt Wieters – Orioles9 HR 43 RBI .288 avg .340 OBP .412 SLG 0 SB        5/21/86

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Rangers 9 HR 34 RBI .233 avg .290 OBP .371 SLG 0 SB        5/2/85

SS – The young and talented short stops that we have grown to know just got a little younger.  Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes were the poster children for young and exciting short stops and now a new trio of short stops even younger is stepping up their game and making their presence known.

Troy Tulowitzki – Rockies32 HR 92 RBI .297 avg .377 OBP .552 SLG 20 SB        10/10/84

Asdrubal Cabrera – Indians6 HR 68 RBI .308 avg .361 OBP .438 SLG 17 SB        11/13/85

Elvis Andrus – Rangers 6 HR 40 RBI .267 avg .329 OBP .372 SLG 33 SB        8/26/88

2B – Second Base is by far the weakest position as far as under 25 years old talent goes.  Thest two guys have proven at times that they can be a star but still are not consistent enough or have not done it for long enough to be sure things.

Luis Valbuena – Indians 10 HR 31 RBI .250 avg .298 OBP .416 SLG 2 SB        10/30/85

Emmanuel Burriss – Giants 0 HR 13 RBI .238 avg .292 OBP .267 SLG 13 SB        1/17/85

3B – Third Base is one of the most talented positions with players under 25 years old.  There is a mix of five year vets, Gold Glovers, proven guys on the upswing, and guys fresh out of their first MLB season.

Ryan Zimmerman – Nationals33 HR 106 RBI .292 avg .364 OBP .525 SLG 2 SB        9/28/84

Evan Longoria – Rays 33 HR 113 RBI .281 avg .364 OBP .526 SLG 9 SB        10/7/85

Pablo Sandoval – Giants25 HR 90 RBI .330 avg .387 OBP .556 SLG 5 SB        8/11/86

Gordan Beckham – White Sox 14 HR 63 RBI .270 avg .347 OBP .460 SLG 7 SB        9/16/86

1B – First Base, like third base, is a talented position for young players.  After these three great young talents there were even more bunched up on a second tier level that could be on this list if they were a little more well rounded (EX Chris Davis of the Rangers).

Prince Fielder – Brewers 46 HR 141 RBI .299 avg .412 OBP .602 SLG 2 SB        5/9/84

Billy Butler – Royals – 21 HR 93 RBI .301 avg .362 OBP .492 SLG 1 SB        4/18/86

James Loney – Dodgers 13 HR 90 RBI .281 avg .357 OBP .399 SLG 7 SB        5/7/84

OF – Young Out field talent is loaded.  Filled with power, speed, hitting, fielding, and great arms, the outfield will be patrolled by some very talented ballplayers for many years to come.

Matt Kemp – Dodgers 26 HR 101 RBI .297 avg .352 OBP .490 SLG 34 SB         9/23/84

Justin Upton – Diamondbacks26 HR 86 RBI .300 avg .366 OBP .532 SLG 20 SB        8/25/87

Adam Jones – Orioles – 19 HR 70 RBI .277 avg .335 OBP .457 SLG 10 SB        8/1/85

Melky Cabrera – Braves 13 HR 68 RBI .274 avg .336 OBP .416 SLG 10 SB        8/11/84

Jay Bruce – Reds22 HR 58 RBI .223 avg .303 OBP .470 SLG 3 SB        4/3/87

B.J. Upton – Rays – 11 HR 55 RBI .241 avg .313 OBP .373 SLG 42 SB        8/21/84

Dexter Fowler – Rockies 4 HR 34 RBI .266 avg .363 OBP .406 SLG 27 SB        3/22/86

SP – Young good pitching is sought after by every team in the big leagues.  Any team would love to have the names on this list part of their starting rotation.  Whether it is a freak, a king, or a young California kid, top to bottom their is a lot of talent.  Not to mention two Cy young awards and I’m sure more to come.

Tim Lincecum – Giants – 2.48 ERA 15-7 225.1 IP 261 Ks 1.05 WHIP        6/15/84

Felix Hernandez – Mariners 2.49 ERA 19-5 – 238.8 IP 217 Ks 1.14 WHIP        4/8/86

Matt Cain – Giants 2.89 ERA 14-8217.2 IP 171 Ks 1.18 WHIP        10/1/84

Jair Jurrjens – Braves 2.60 ERA 14-10215 IP 152 Ks 1.21 1/29/86

John Lannan – Nationals 3.88 ERA 9-13 206.1 IP 89 Ks 1.35 WHIP        9/27/84

John Danks – White Sox 3.77 ERA 13-11 – 200.1 IP 149 Ks 1.28 WHIP        4/15/85

Yovani Gallardo – Brewers 3.73 ERA 13-12185.2 IP 204 Ks 1.31 WHIP        2/27/86

Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 2.79 ERA 8-8 171 IP 185 Ks 1.23 WHIP        3/19/88

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