By: Trent Pruitt
Another week passes and it’s time for our Weekly Power Rankings. This week we’re looking at each team’s most talented young guy. Someone that each team is getting production from and will be able to build around for the coming years.
15 – Miami Marlins
Best Young Player: Jordan Yamamoto – The rookie from Hawaii entered the league on fire but has quickly slowed down. He sits at 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA but will be a solid asset as the Fish embrace the rebuilding years.
14 – Pittsburgh Pirates
Best Young Player: Pablo Reyes – Although he doesn’t not have impactful number this season, Reyes is a bright spot for the Buccos in the future.
13 – Colorado Rockies
Best Young Player: David Dahl – Dahl has been around for a couple of seasons but he is coming into his own. He’s hit 15 longballs this season to go along with his .302 average and .524 slugging percentage.
12 – San Diego Padres
Best Young Player: Fernando Tatis Jr – This guy is a human highlight reel. It is literally every day he makes some kind of amazing play. He still has a lot to learn and some things to tune up in his game but he will haunt NL West teams for years to come.
11 – Cincinnati Reds
Best Young Player: Aristides Aquino – It’s pretty apparent this will be their guy moving forward. Through 10 games played in his career, Aquino has 7 bombs to go along with a .452 batting average.
10 – Arizona Diamondbacks
Best Young Player: Zac Gallen – Gallen just came over from the Marlins and this rookie is the truth. During his time in Miami he notched a 2.72 ERA to go along with a 1.18 WHIP. His first start with the DBacks saw him go 5.0 innings of 1 hit baseball.
9 – San Francisco Giants
Best Young Player: Mike Yastrzemski – Big Mike is an outlier on this team being that he’s one of the only young guys in the clubhouse. He’s contributed during his rookie season with 12 bombs and a .266 batting average.
8 – Philadelphia Phillies
Best Young Player: Scott Kingery – The util man out of U of A (boooo!) has been having a nice second season with the Phillies. He’s picking up a lot of the production that all of the newly acquired Phils are not coming through with.
7 – New York Mets
Best Young Player: Pete Alonso – Pete hits bombs. He’ll be a stabilizer for the Mets for years to come! It’s going to be a great debate for who wins NL ROY between him and Tatis Jr.
6 – St. Louis Cardinals
Best Young Player: Tommy Edman – Edman has been able to contribute this season for the Cards. He has a .293 OBP but I feel like when he gets on he always scores. It’ll be crucial for him to get his numbers up if the Cardinals want to make a playoff run.
5 – Milwaukee Brewers
Best Young Player: Keston Hiura – The Crew got a good one when they picked up this infielder from UC Irvine. Keston is hitting just under .300 during his rookie campaign.
4 – Washington Nationals
Best Young Player: Juan Soto – The young man out of the Dominican has been a huge contribution to the Nationals this season. I still believe that they’ll get a Wild Card spot and they’ll definitely need his help. He’s at 24 bombs this season and 77 RBI’s.
3 – Chicago Cubs
Best Young Player: David Bote – The Cubs roster is pretty established but Bote will hold down a spot on the Cubs roster for a while.
2 – Atlanta Braves
Best Young Player: Mike Soroka – There is almost too much young talent to pick one guy but I will go with Soroka as he’s been extra dominant this season. He’s 10-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 2019. In this carousel of a rotation he will be the rock moving forward.
1 – Los Angeles Dodgers
Best Young Player: Walker Buehler – Buehler is technically in his third season and he’s been killing it. As Kershaw ages it seems like Walker will be the new #1 in that rotation when the time comes.