In the midst of one of the most entertaining and exciting youth movements that the sport of baseball has seen in quite some time, there’s an abundance of talented youngsters in the bigs in 2019. From ace-level arms like Walker Buehler to MVP candidates like Cody Bellinger, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Alex Bregman, it got us to thinking… if we could build a team of the best young MLB players… who makes the team? Join us as we build the best 2019 MLB 25 and Under Team in baseball.
Top of the Rotation
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Stats: 12-3 / 3.28 ERA / 1.04 WHIP / 159.1 IP / 190 K / All-Star
One of the NL’s top Cy Young contenders all 2019 long, Walker Buehler was an All-Star in 2019 after a stellar 2018 in which he posted a 2.62 ERA. He’s got some of the filthiest stuff in the game and is already one of baseball’s top strikeout artists. Buehler is looking like the next great Dodgers starter… and is currently being utilized as the 3rd starter for a Dodgers team tracking towards a third straight NL pennant. The Dodgers have themselves a gem in Buehler who anchors down the MLB 25 and Under Team’s rotation as the ace of the staff.
Team: Cleveland Indians
2019 Stats: 12-7 / 3.27 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 181.2 IP / 224 K / All-Star
All Shane Bieber did after earning his first All-Star nod in 2019… was go out and be the All-Star Game’s MVP. Making a massive leap in his second year as a big leaguer, Bieber’s 224 strikeouts trails only Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander for most in the AL (through September 3rd). The proud owner of the AL’s 6th best ERA and 3rd best WHIP… go figure that in a year that saw Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer all see time on the IL or get traded… that Bieber would be their unquestioned ace. He’s a rock solid #2 in this rotation.
Team: Chicago White Sox
2019 Stats: 14-8 / 3.30 ERA / 1.09 WHIP / 163.2 IP / 210 K / All-Star
After a horrendous 2018, there was chatter on if Lucas Giolito was ever going to be able to live up to his billing as a can’t-miss prospect. A former top-10 prospect, Giolito has put it all together in 2019, earning All-Star status in a revelatory season. Through September 3rd, Giolito ranks in the top 7 in the AL in wins (14), ERA (3.30), WHIP (1.01) and strikeouts (210). Not too bad of a work horse to hand the ball off to as the MLB 25 and Under Team’s third starter.
Click ahead to Page 2 to see who rounds out the 5-man rotation and who will be the closer for the 2019 MLB 25 and Under Team!