Major League Baseball has seen a surge of young talent within the last five years. As players like David Ortiz retire, spots on rosters constantly open for the next big prospect. In the last three years, a player under 25 years old has won either AL MVP or NL MVP in their respective league. This new era of baseball features some of the youngest, yet already promising players in the world. Here is my list of the top 10 young superstars that are already showing signs of a hall of fame career.
10. Trea Turner
The Washington Nationals are full of young talent, and coming in at number ten is the speed demon shortstop Trea Turner. While only playing less than half of the regular season games last season (73 to be exact,) he still managed to steal 33 bases. That’s incredible given the fact he started the year in the minor leagues. With a whole season to play in the majors this season, Turner could spell trouble on the base paths for opposing teams. Last season he finished second in voting for NL Rookie of the Year.
9. Carlos Correa
Another shortstop comes in at number nine and it’s none other than the Houston Astros own Carlos Correa. In only his second season in the bigs last year, he posted 36 doubles and 96 runs batted in. He was the very first pick in the draft in 2012 and is proving his worth for Houston as they continue to be in the playoff hunt year after year. In 2015 he won the AL Rookie of the Year award.
8. Francisco Lindor
The Cleveland Indians made it to the World Series last season, and a big part of their playoff run is was number eight on the list, young star Francisco Lindor. The 23 year old shined in last year’s ALCS versus the Blue Jays. In the first game of the series he hit a two run home run that would end up being the only runs scored in the game. In the season he posted a batting average above .300 and his fielding at short was a thing of beauty. Lindor made it to the All Star game and won the AL Gold Glove award for all shortstops.
7. Corey Seager
At seven on the list is Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. In 2016 Seager posted numbers that most rookies dream of putting up. 40 doubles and 26 home runs were enough for him to go to the All Star game. By the end of the season, Seager impressed award voters enough to win NL Rookie of the Year and win the Silver Slugger award for all NL Shortstops. As a rookie he was third in voting for the NL MVP award. The Dodgers could use him in the future as they look to continue their push to get into the World Series.
6. Nolan Arenado
Coming in at number six is Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. For two straight seasons now he has hit over 40 home runs and over 130 RBI’s. He has made it to the All Star game and has won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award the last two years, proving that he is the best Third Baseman in the NL. He looks to help the Rockies in rebuilding as they have not made the playoffs since 2009.
5. Manny Machado
Making it into the top five on the list is Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The O’s young icon is a beast at the plate and at his defensive position. Last season he hit 40 doubles, 37 home runs, and 96 RBI’s. He along with the rest of his team look to bounce back this season after losing the Wild Card game to division rival Toronto Blue Jays. He is a three time All Star, two time Gold Glove winner, and has been in the top five for AL MVP voting the last two seasons.
4. Kris Bryant
At number four is Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant. He helped the Cubs win the World Series last season with 39 homers and 102 ribbies in the regular season. He hit two clutch home runs in the World Series, and made the final out of Game 7 to end the Cubs 108 year championship drought. In 2015 he won NL Rookie of the Year and in 2016 he won the NL MVP award. Through only two seasons, he has already shown signs of a promising career in the majors.
3. Bryce Harper
The second Nationals player on the list, outfielder Bryce Harper, is the advocate for “making baseball fun again.” He is a huge fan favorite and always makes sure to get the youngest fans involved with the game. He is a four time All Star and in 2015 he had one of the best seasons ever for a baseball player in general. He ended up leading the league in home runs with 42 and won NL MVP. Last season he had a bit of an off year but as a whole he is number three because of just how much of an influence he has had on baseball before he has even reached the age of 25.
2. Mookie Betts
The runner up on the list is Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. Last season he led the league in total bases, and leading off for the Red Sox led to him having the most at bats out of all players last season. He was the AL MVP runner up, as well as going to the All Star game. He won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger last year for AL outfielders. Expect him to further improve on his numbers this year as he is now surrounded by talent on the new looking Red Sox team. His name is nearly enough to put him on this list regardless of his stats.
1. Mike Trout
At the top of the list is Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout. He is at the top of most lists, not just for young players but for all players in the MLB. In the last five seasons, he has led the league in runs scored four times, been to the All Star game five times, been in the top two for voting for AL MVP five times, and won the Silver Slugger award for AL Outfielders five times. In his rookie season he won AL Rookie of the Year and led the league in stolen bases. In 2016 he won AL MVP, and he has done all this before even reaching 25 years old.