These players are the youngest at their positions and important to their team's success. Each player is in its first or second season with the club and already making a huge impact. These guys are going to be the center of attention for many years to come.
-Blocked by Buster Posey, Sanchez is another prospect that is not getting the playing time he deserves on the Giants. In 77 ABs this year, Sanchez has 21 hits, two jacks, 17 RBIs and a .273 average. The Giants need to sort out their team and dump the old guys because these youngsters should be starting no doubt. Move Sanchez to outfield if you have to.
1B- Eric Hosmer- Kansas City Royals- 22 years old
-In his first season last year, Hosmer put together a 19-78-.293 season as a rookie. Off to a slow
start this year batting under .200, Hosmer has picked things up in the last two weeks going 18 for 50 with two home runs and nine RBIs and raising his average to .220. Hosmer is going to become a top first baseman when it's all said and down, count on it.
2B- Jose Altuve- Houston Astros- 22 years old
-First full season under way and Altuve is raking. Over 55 games into the season and Altuve is batting .323 with 26 multi-hit games and nine SBs. Altuve is about the only bright spot on Houston's offense. Let's hope they don't trade him like the rest of the team.
3B- Brett Lawrie- Toronto Blue Jays- 22 years old
-One of my favorite young players in the league, Lawrie can do it all. In 150 ABs last year, Lawrie had 9 jacks, 25 RBIs, 7 SBs and a .293 average. Off to a slow start this year with only 4-21-.281 in 210 ABs, Lawrie is going to be a force at third in Toronto for awhile. And don’t forget about his glove, this kid is going to have multiple gold gloves. Count on it. Human vacuum.
SS- Starlin Castro- Chicago Cubs- 22 years old
-The Cuban Missile is going to win a batting title, no doubt about it. Two seasons under his belt already and they were both .300 or better seasons. With only 10 jacks last season, Castro’s power is slowly developing. He already has a 22 SB campaign and 15 this season. If Castro can find his power stroke and keep swiping bags to go along with his average, you may see a .300-30-30 season.
LF- Bryce Harper- Washington Nationals- 19 years old
-I don’t think I need to write anything about Harper because the world already knows everything about him. Harper is in the MLB at 19. He’s going to probably see 15-20 MLB seasons and I don’t even want to know the numbers he’s going to put up. This kid is going to be a monster.
CF- Mike Trout- Los Angeles Angels- 20 years old
-Another guy like Harper. We have heard all about Trout and he has finally arrived, probably for good. The kid has power, speed and will probably be one of the best center fielders in the league. Cemented at the top of the Angels lineup, he will score runs like they’re going out of style and his
speed is easily top five. Trout is going to be a name you will hear for awhile.
RF- Giancarlo Stanton- Miami Marlins- 22 years old
-My absolute favorite young guy in the league. The power is ridiculous. 34 home runs in his first full season is stupid. In his visit to San Francisco, Stanton was hitting batting practice balls to the coke bottle. Stanton is going to win multiple home run crowns with ease and who knows, maybe Barry Bonds *73 home run record isn’t impossible. Started out slow this year with 0 HRs in his first few weeks of the season, Stanton has 14 now with 12 coming in the month of May. 40 are coming.
SP- Drew Hutchison- Toronto Blue Jays- 21 years old
-Getting his first major league action this year, Hutchison has thrown 51.2 innings and struck out 41 people. That’s the good. The bad. His high 4.35 era isn't the best, but he is a rookie. Hutchison does have a nice 5-2 record though and will more than likely start to figure it out as he gets more experience. Baseball America has Hutchison as the ninth best Blue Jay prospect, so he may not be the best pitcher for the Blue Jays future, but he has a long way to go to prove to them that he is good.
RP- Kelvin Herrera- Kansas City Royals- 22 years old
-Young kid coming out of the pen for the Royals. Herrera has pitched 29.2 innings with 26 Ks, has a 3.34 ERA and has posted a .98 WHIP. Herrera was a member of the 2011 MLB Futures game, so he has promise. His fastball has also been clocked over 100, so if he can control it, this kid looks like he could be a solid major league reliever and possibly closer very soon.
Manager- Mike Matheny- St. Louis Cardinals- 41 years old
-Once a catcher, now a manager, Matheny is off to a decent start at 30-28, despite injuries all around the team. With veteran Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman on the shelf, Matheny has rebounded nicely with the breakout of Carlos Beltran after a few mediocre years and Allen Craig when he's not on the DL. Trailing in the NL central by two games, there's plenty of time left in the
season and Matheny will look to get the Cardinals back on top.