Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Youngest players with cards in 2014

This is a post I do every year around this time. I guess the youngest players aren't really any younger than kids in past years, it just seems that way from this old timer's perspective. I've only included players for whom I have 2014 cards.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects #20 Leonardo Molina
Born on August 1, 1997, this kid really is young. He was signed last year by the Yankees when he was 16. He's an outfielder who hit .193 in 53 games in the Yankees Rookie team in 2014.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects #32 Lewis Thorpe
born on November 2, 1995, Thorpe, the next youngest player is almost 2 full years older than Molina. If he makes it to the majors, he'll be one of a small group of players born in Australia. In his second professional season, Thorpe made it to Single A where he was 3-2 with and ERA of 2.96. Unfortunately, at the end of the 2014 season he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. Tommy John surgery could be in his future.

2014 Bowman Prospects Purple Wendell Rijo
 Born: September 4, 1995. In his second year, Rijo played 111 games, hit .254 and had 9 home runs for the Greenville Drive, a Single A affiliate of the Red Sox. 

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Refractors #21 Raul Mondesi 
 Born: July 27, 1995. If his name sounds familiar it's because he is the son of former major leaguer Raul Mondesi. Pre-2014 he was the #47 rated prospect by Baseball America. He only hit .211 for the Wilmington Blue Rocks Single A+ team in the Royals system, although he also hit 12 home runs.

2014 Bowman Prospects #46 Jamie Westbrook
 Born: June 18, 1995. Westbrook was the Diamondbacks #5 draft pick in 2013. He hit .256 with 10 home runs for the South Bend Silver Hawks. 

2014 Bowman Prospects #59 Tucker Neuhaus
 Born: June 18, 1995. The Brewers #2 draft pick in 2013, Neuhaus hit .233 for the Helena Brewers, the Brewers Rookie level team. The name, Tucker Neuhaus has a nice ring to it.

2014 Bowman Platinum Prospects #89 Christian Arroyo
 Born: May 30, 1995. Arroyo played for the United States national baseball team at the 2013 18U Baseball World Cup, where he was the MVP of the tournament and helped the US win gold. The Giants made him their 1st round draft pick in 2013. Arroyo struggled for the Augusta GreenJackets Single A team, hitting just .203 in 31 games. The Giants moved him down to the Single A- Salem-Kiezer Volcanoes where he hit .333 for the rest of the 2014 season. 

2014 Bowman Platinum Chrome Prospects Purple Refractors #39 Austin Meadows
 Born: May 3, 1995. Another 2013 1st round draft pick, this time by the Pirates. The Pirates moved him up to the Single A West Virginia Power where he hit .322. Before the season Baseball America rated him the #49 prospect. The Pirates signed him for $3,029,600. 19 years old and he's already made more money than I've made in my entire life. Good luck to him.

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