There is an incredible amount of young pitching across the league and it has been instrumental in creating a more exciting product on the field.
Finding a young ace to anchor your staff not only saves you upwards of $150 million on the free agent market, but also provides the foundation for multiple years of World Series contention.
Some starters have just graduated from the “under-25” category such as David Price and Felix Hernandez, but there are plenty more in the pipeline to carry the torch moving forward.
Some notable names that have been omitted from the list include:
1. Michael Pineda: Needs to prove the second-half fade was simply fatigue and not a sign of things to come.
2. Brett Anderson (still just 23): Needs to prove his electric arm can stay healthy for a full season.
3. Trevor Cahill: Needs to prove 2010 was the rule as opposed to the exception.
4. Craig Kimbrel: Needs to prove he can bounce back from a poor September and a personal collapse in big spots. He would have been No. 7 on this list for what it’s worth.
5. Neftali Feliz: Needs to prove he can successfully transition into the rotation.
Feel free to make the case for any of these omissions in the comment section or add more of your own, as I would love to debate some baseball with all of you.
Here we go, starting off with a young flamethrower from Tampa Bay at No. 6: