Rookies of the Year

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by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

The game of baseball is not a sport which is generally run by youngsters. 

It’s a patient sport which prepares you for what’s coming once you reach the Majors. It’s not basketball where the league is run by kids in their early 20’s. No, baseball is a game of perfecting your craft before showing the world what you can do.

That was until the 2018 season. 

Sure you have your Ken Griffey Jr.'s, Bryce Harper's, and Mike Trout’s, but to see so many young superstars called up in one season isn’t something you see in baseball. I’m going to go over four players, not named Shohei Otani, 21 years old and younger that have been called up so far in 2018 that I believe will be superstars for years to come.

Ozzie Albies | 21 yrs. | Second Baseman - Atlanta Braves 
For being only 5’9" and playing second, this kid has some serious pop to his bat. Through 54 games this season he has already hit 14 home runs and has been pivotal to Atlanta’s success this year. His OBP needs to improve as he’s only drawn 14 walks in 234 plate appearances, but that will come with time. Second base is a position of need around the major leagues and this young man will secure that void for the Braves for many years to come.

Ronald Acuna Jr. | 20 yrs. | Outfielder - Atlanta Braves 
Acuna is touted as the number one prospect in baseball and for good reason. It’s extremely difficult to find anything wrong with his game. The kid is a five-tool player and can do everything. He will be a player who steals 40 bases, hits 20 home runs, and hits near .300 every year. Acuna is a star in the making and a future MVP. He is currently on the disabled list but should come back just as strong.

Juan Soto | 19 yrs. | Outfielder - Washington Nationals
Soto signed with the Nationals at only 16 and, even then, Washington knew there was something special about this kid. The one thing you need to know about Soto is the fact that he can flat out hit. His quick hands, vision at the plate, and raw power make for a superstar in the making and a future batting champ. Soto is going to be the superstar Washington needs if Bryce Harper leaves like most expect.

Gleyber Torres | 21 yrs. | Infielder - New York Yankees
Torres is rated as the number four prospect in baseball and was acquired from the Chicago Cubs via trade for Aroldis Chapman back in 2016. Torres is currently playing second for the Yankees due to Didi Gregorius but is a natural shortstop. He has exceptionally quick hands and has the potential to be a great hitter as well as an above average fielder. He is with no doubt an All-Star in the making.

Now, these are just players who have been called up thus far in 2018. 

Throughout the rest of this season and into 2019 you are going to see many more such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr., Victor Robles, and Francisco Mejia just to name a few. General Managers in baseball are tired of waiting so look out everyone, baseball is officially a young man’s game again.

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