Top 10 Teenage Hitters in the Minors

July 14, 2018

Age versus level is the most important statistic in the minor leagues. Teenager players, especially those who reach the high minors or majors, are often high-upside talents. As they gain strength and sharpen their skills, they can emerge as some of the game's brightest talents, even if their minor league numbers are not eye popping. So who are some of the projects who may someday influence people who place wagers at Novibet Online Casino? I've compiled a list below.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who will play the entire season as a 19-year-old, leads the list. The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, Guerrero Jr. is a third baseman in the Toronto Blue Jays organization with well-above-average power and contact ability. He split the 2017 season between Low-A and High-A and transitioned seamlessly between levels. Now he's hitting for far more power while making far better contact this season in Double-A. The Blue Jays will be hard pressed to keep him in the minors much longer as his abilities with the bat could make him a well-above-average big leaguer and a fixture in their lineup for the foreseeable future.

Fernando Tatis Jr., another player with major league blood-lines comes in second. Like Guerrero Jr., Tatis Jr. will also play the entire season as a 19-year-old. He's showing above-average power in Double-A, after skipping High-A with the Padres last season. A shortstop, Tatis will not need to hit as much as Guerrero if he's able to play an up-the-middle defensive position. Tatis Jr. isn't as good of a contact hitter as Guerrero Jr. but he does have more speed. Overall, Tatis looks the part of an average or better big leaguer. He's tall and lean with outstanding bat speed, though he will swing and miss a fair amount.

Jo Adell, the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft, rounds out the top three. An outfielder who has primarily played center in this season (along with some left field and right field), Adell earned a promotion from Low-A to High-A in his first full season. He was an elite, well-rounded hitter in Low-A and his transition to High-A has been pretty smooth (his walk down quite a bit but his power and contact have been about the same). Adell's power and potential to provide center field defense make him a potential all-star. He'll play the entire season at age 19 and in on track to potentially reach the majors in the next two seasons as a 20-21 year old. Think I missed someone? Hit me up on Twitter at @AdamWFoster.