Youth Movement Alive And Well In Majors

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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The future of major league baseball is alive and well with the recent promotions and domination of some of the games brightest talents. The laundry list of blue chippers promoted to the majors this season is quite impressive with Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor the latest to make their debuts and the announcement of Kyle Schwarber still hot off the press. The league is flourishing with talented youngsters like Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant leading the charge.

The Baseball America Top 10 list has dwindled, with only 3 prospects remaining in the minor league ranks. Only that of Seager, Giolito and Urias remains, biding their time for a call-up. The 7 of the top 10 prospects promoted have all position players to date.

1. Kris Bryant 3b Cubs
2. Byron Buxton of Twins
3. Addison Russell ss Cubs
4. Carlos Correa ss Astros
5. Corey Seager ss Dodgers
6. Joey Gallo 3b Rangers
7. Lucas Giolito rhp Nationals
8. Joc Pederson of Dodgers
9. Francisco Lindor ss Indians
10. Julio Urias lhp Dodgers

Pitchers from the list making their mark in the show are Noah Syndergaard (11th) and Carlos Rodon (15th) thus far. Rodon was drafted 3rd overall in the 2014 amateur draft by the White Sox and both have nudged their way into their respective teams starting rotation for the time being. Daniel Norris (18th) had cracked the Toronto Blue Jays staff out of spring training but has since been sent down to work on his mechanics and consistency.

Other rookies like Yasmany Tomas, Rusney Castillo, Devon Travis, Blake Swihart, Steven Souza, Billy Burns and Alex Guerrero have all impressed in their inaugural season in the show.

Last week San Francisco Giants rookie hurler Chris Heston tossed a no-hitter becoming only the 22nd rookie to complete the heroic feat and the first since Clay Buchholz accomplished it in 20o7. Heston had only 5.1 major league innings under his belt prior to the 2015 season.

The 2015 season is proving that baseball really is a kid’s game.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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