Youngest Current MLB Player

Youngest Current MLB PlayerThe who is the youngest in the American League is Rick Porcello for the Detroit Tigers. Overall, the youngest is Clayton Kershaw from the National League Dodgers. Neither of them, and most likely no one in the future, will reach the status of the youngest player to ever play in the Major League.

Rick Porcello is a young MLB player for the Detroit Tigers who just turned 21. He is a right-handed pitching prospect whom the Tigers hope will become an ace as he joins their rotation this year. After they drafted him 27th in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2007, he became the highest paid high schooler ever. For Porcello, unlike most MLB players college was not an option when he felt he would be in the top 5 of the draft. Many speculate that since he has chosen notable firebrand Scott Boras as his agent that he fell into the lap of the Tigers so low in the draft. Last season he spent the season playing for the Tiger’s class A affiliate club, the Lakeland Flying Tigers. In his first two games of the season, he has split decisions with a 3.75 ERA and 7 strikeouts.

Clayton Kershaw, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, remains the young MLB player in the National League for the second season in a row. Now age 21, after his birthday in mid-March, Kershaw was drafted in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft as the 7th pick. The left-handed sensation had been voted the “High School Baseball Player of the Year” by USA Today after pitching his senior year in Texas. Kershaw, despite strong interest from many schools, eschewed the normal path for MLB players college was not for him. He spend the 2007 season in the minor league, beginning with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers before being bumped up into the Jacksonville Suns, a AA affiliate club. The Dodgers bought out his contract and brought him up to the big leagues in the summer of 2008. In two no-decision starts in the young 2009 season, Kershaw has already struck out 19 batters with his wicked fastball.

Both Kershaw and Porcello join a steady procession of pitchers as the in the respective years. Recently, CC Sabithia was the youngest in the league when he made his debut at age 21 in 2001. The next year, ace Francisco Rodriguez appeared for the Angels at the age of 20.

The youngest player of all time joined the league at the very young age of 15. Left-handed pitcher Joe Nuxhall was called into the game in 1944 to pitch against for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals. The war-depleted rosters on both sides lent to the extraordinary circumstances that brought a 15-year-old to pitch in a professional game. In his 16-year career, almost exclusively with the Reds, the “‘Ol Left Hander” complied 135-117 win-loss record with an ERA of 3.90.

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8 Responses to “Youngest Current MLB Player”

  1. Portia says:

    I think baseball is the one professional sport that pulls their players right from high school because that is when they are at their peak performance, especially pitchers. Football is a rougher game but it’s almost like NFL players with the exception of QBs, kickers, and punters, need some age on them before getting pounded. Baseball is a little easier.

  2. Mike says:

    Baseball has more opportunities for younger players, Portia. Both of these guys are actually playing for the minor league version of the major league teams. It’s their good enough to make it to the majors, they are still making good money on these farm teams. The NFL doesn’t have anything like this. Neither does the NBA. The NHL, however does, making hockey another sport where professionals start really young.

  3. Ray says:

    I don’t think the NHL or the MLB need to be recruiting these kids out of college. They need further education if they are ever going to get anywhere and playing baseball for a living is not going to help them when they have to retire. You may not hear about baseball players flipping burgers and Mickey D’s but they are.

  4. Ryan says:

    Actually, Porcello is the youngest player in the majors. He is still 20 years old and will be until December 27th of 2009 when he will turn 21.

  5. Drew says:

    For what it’s worth, Elvis Andrus is younger than Kershaw. He turns 21 in August.

  6. Robbie Goldman says:

    Travis Snider is 21 he is pretty young

  7. Noah says:

    Baseball recruits younger adults, because it takes a long developmental period in the minor leagues before they can get to the major leagues.

    Baseball is in many ways the most strategic and wit-required sport. That’s why you can’t just jump into it. You need to start at a younger age, otherwise, you might not break into the big leagues til your in your late 20s and even 30s. And that would be a quick developmental process. Some guys don’t break into the big leagues til their late 20s and 30s, even when they get drafted in there early 20s.

    If they didn’t draft kids that are so young, careers would be much shorter. When guys get older in baseball, its not so much there incapable, they just begin to doubt themselves. And in baseball, that alone can put you on the bench.

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