After looking back on guys like Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron, we must acknowledge that the baseball superstars of tomorrow begin with the players of today.
We have now entered an era of baseball where there are so many superstars in MLB. There are so many young ballplayers in the league now with accolades to their name. In addition, a lot of these players have not even scratched the surface of what their full potential could be. In this article I will be discussing the best players at each position, however, each player on this list is 25-years-old or younger.
Baseball Superstars of Tomorrow: The Battery
Pitcher: Jack Flaherty
Jack Flaherty of the St. Louis Cardinals is considered one of the best starting pitchers in baseball. The 24-year-old was in the conversation for the National League Cy Young Award in 2019 – a huge honor for a guy his age. In fact, Flaherty didn’t have a great pitching resume up until 2019. In 2019, he had an ERA of 4.64 in the first half of the season. However, in the second half of the season is where he was considered an elite pitcher. In the month of August, he had a record of 5-1 with a 0.71 ERA. Additionally, in September he had an ERA of 0.82 in 44 innings. This scorching hot second half of the season allowed him to finish 4th in the NL Cy Young voting.
Catcher: Will Smith
Will Smith, the 25-year-old catcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers, isn’t the best catcher in the league but he does have a lot of upsides. He had a breakout season for the Dodgers in 2019. He hit for a .253 average with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. Those aren’t bad stats for someone who only started out in the MLB in late May of last year. He has all the tools to be great in the league, however, they just need to be refined and worked on. In time he can become a top catcher in baseball. Smith is slowly starting to reach his potential at the professional level.
Baseball Superstars of Tomorrow: The Infield
First Base: Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso, the Mets’ first baseman and reigning National League home run champion, is one of the best first basemen in baseball. The young slugger came in the league hitting everything over the fence. In fact, Alonso hit so many baseballs over the fence that he actually broke the National League home run record.
In an article called, “Pete Alonso Breaks NL Rookie Homerun Record“, by Ryan Morgan, he states, “Since starting opening day, the polar bear slugged his way to a .280/.372/.634 slash line. He hit 30 HR and had 68 RBIs in the first half. He joined Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets selected to the All-Star Game as a rookie.” Alonso’s massive power and the ability to hit the long ball is going to give opposing pitchers nightmares.
Second Base: Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres, also known as the Baby Bronx Bomber, is the 23-year-old second baseman for the New York Yankees. He is already one of the biggest stars and brightest players in the MLB. Last season, Gleyber hit for a batting average of .278 with a .535 slugging percentage. Additionally, in 2019 he hit 38 home runs and had 90 RBIs; both are already career highs.
Torres is widely considered one of the most important pieces to a stacked Yankees lineup. With two All-Star game appearances in two full seasons with a Rookie of the Year Award, opposing teams should be afraid because Gleyber Torres is only going to get better. He will be one of baseball’s best hitters for many years.
Third Base: Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers is the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. The 23-year-old is now in his fourth season in the Majors. Devers recently became one of the best third basemen in baseball. In his 2019 campaign, he finished with a .311 batting average, 32 home runs and 115 RBIs. He also finished his season in 2019, fifth in AL MVP voting. Devers has the amazing ability to drive the ball over the fence or into the gap. He led the league in doubles with 54, which is the most by a player since 2015. Devers is starting to show that he can be one of baseball’s most elite third baseman for years to come.
Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr.
One of baseball’s youngest and most electrifying players is Fernando Tatis Jr. The 21-year-old shortstop from the San Diego Padres looks to help change the fortunes of the San Diego faithful. The Padres have only had five winning seasons in the last 20 years. They look to build around the young shortstop. Before his season-ending injury in 2019, Tatis had a batting average of .317 and an on-base percentage of .379. Additionally, he had 22 home runs and 53 RBIs through 84 games. Despite missing half of the season, Tatis finished 2019 third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He has so much potential to be one of the perennial shortstops in baseball.
Baseball Superstars of Tomorrow: The Outfield
Filling out our baseball superstars of tomorrow are the outfielders.
Left Field: Juan Soto
Next is Juan Soto, nicknamed Childish Bambino. This young star has taken the league by storm. The 22-year-old outfielder is widely known as one of baseball’s most captivating young stars. In 2018, Soto finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting. The young Nationals’ outfielder already has a World Series under his belt as he helped Washington win their first World Series in 2019. He finished with a .282 batting average, 34 home runs and 110 RBIs. Those statistics allowed Soto to finish 9th in National League MVP voting. He has all the tools to be one of baseball’s best in the future.
Centerfield: Ronald Acuna Jr.
The Atlanta Braves’ center fielder, Ronald Acuna Jr is considered one of baseball’s best. The 22-year-old has a number of things about him that make him an elite baseball player. He is a five-tool player who is extremely valued by the Braves. 2019 was a huge year for Acuna. He had a batting average of .280, hit 41 home runs and 101 RBIs. Along with that, he had an All-Star Game appearance, a Silver Slugger award, and he finished 5th in the NL MVP voting in 2019. At the age of 22, Acuna appears to have no weaknesses in his game.
Right Field: Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger is the 25-year-old right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. We have seen that Bellinger is one of the baseball’s best hitters. He is a prime example of someone that took a huge step forward in his 2019 season. In that season, he hit .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs. In addition, he was voted to the All-Star Team, he won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award. He was also elected as the 2019 National League MVP. The sky is the limit for Bellinger; he is a talent that is sure to dominate the MLB for as long as he can play baseball. Bellinger is going to be one of baseball’s best players for a very long time.
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