10 Jul Herzog’s Top 5 under 25.
About a week away from the 2018 MLB All Star game in D.C. I have been thinking who are the best under 25 players in the MLB? Most of them are already in the All Star game. These are guys that have a major impact on their franchise and are probably staying with there organization for years to come. Here it is!
1. Francisco Lindor CLE
Also known as franky may be the second best player in the MLB after Mike Trout. The value he has with the Cleveland Indians leading them to the world series at the tender age of 22 was incredible. Making his 3rd All Star game in a row. He is one of the best defensive shortstops in the league. Batting both ways makes him dangerous. He has that “it” factor to him as many do on this list. He will win an MVP or too by the time he turns 30.
2. Andrew Benintendi BOS
This one may surprise some folk. He is a great player offensively and defensively. The final vote candidate for this year’s All Star game does struggle against lefties, but he is getting better. He is a rare five tool player having a 20 20 year in 2017. Batting in a young loaded Red Sox lineup look for future All Star games and potential MVP years ahead for this young 23 year old.
3. Carlos Correa HOU
What can’t this guy do. Coming in the league at age 20 he hasn’t disappointed. Having already hit 3 straight 20+ home run seasons he’s on pace for another 20+ homer season. Sitting at 6’4 he is the most athletic one of the bunch of these young guns. Already a world series winner in 2017. He has it all to take his team back to the promise land. The only downfall for this superstar is he has had injury trouble in his young career and currently sits on the DL and isn’t returning until after the All Star game.
4. Luis Severino NYY
Sevy making his second straight All Star appearance is one of the nasty arms out there. Most guy pitchers don’t have the “stuff” to impact the league but Severino and a couple of other young arms (Berrios, Nola) have the stuff to take down any lineup. The Yankees are known for there big bats, but when severino takes the mound the bats can take a break. His 2.12 ERA shows that guys just dont score on him and his 10.4 K/9 is one of the highest in the league. Sevy will be a force years to come in the A.L.
5. Cody Bellinger LAD
The youngest guy out of the bunch and former top prospect looks like a 10 year season yet at the plate. The 2017 rookie of the year got off to a slow start this season but has picked it up. Already hitting 17 homeruns this year. He may not hit 39 like he did a year ago, but he will be a force in the LA Dodgers lineup for the next 10 years or so. He doesn’t bat for the highest average, but wilk be a hall of famer when it’s all said and done.
Honorable Mention: Ozzie Albies ATL, Jose Berrios MIN, Alex Bergman HOU, Aaron Nola PHI, Yoan Moncada CWS