Best Outfielders Under Age 26

MLB’s Best Outfielders under Age 26

Best Outfielders Under Age 26Since we are combining all three outfield positions, we are going to have quite a few candidates vying for top spot. Out of all the positions proudly displaying young talent, the outfield positions probably garner the most attention. With a plethora of young stars including Jason Heyward of the Braves, Jay Bruce of the Reds, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and many more, the outfield has plenty of speed, power, and razzle-dazzle to keep you glued to your TV set.

It is going to be near impossible to pick just one from this young group of superstars, but I believe that Jason Heyward down in Atlanta has the most upside. He is the youngest player on the short list at age 21, and although I rarely watch baseball games to see an individual player, I’ll admit that I tuned in for the sole purpose of seeing this kid play. He has poise beyond his years, and if he can avoid the sophomore slump, could be in the running for some hardware this coming season. Like I said, it’s hard to pick just one from this talent pool, but because of his extra young age and outstanding 2010, he is my pick for best young center fielder. Here are the other candidates and their resume’s, you can come to your own conclusion.
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2010 Stats for Outfielders Under Age 26

Player Team AB Age R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus STL 464 24 85 128 23 66 12 0.276 0.361 0.498 0.859
Jason Heyward ATL 520 21 83 144 18 72 11 0.277 0.393 0.456 0.849
Jay Bruce CIN 509 23 80 143 25 70 5 0.281 0.353 0.493 0.846
Delmon Young MIN 570 25 77 170 21 112 5 0.298 0.333 0.493 0.826
Andrew McCutchen PIT 570 24 94 163 16 56 33 0.286 0.365 0.449 0.814
Justin Upton ARI 495 23 73 135 17 69 18 0.273 0.356 0.442 0.799
Adam Jones BAL 581 25 76 165 19 69 7 0.284 0.325 0.442 0.767

 

To see where other stars under the age of 25 rank around the diamond, see the links below.

Best Starting Pitchers 25 and Under

Best Catchers 25 and Under

Best First Basemen 25 and Under

Best Second Basemen 25 and Under

Best Third Basemen 25 and Under

Best Shortstops 25 and Under

 

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