Ranking MLB's 25 Best Under 25 Entering the 2016 Season

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Ranking MLB's 25 Best Under 25 Entering the 2016 Season
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The MLB landscape has been flooded with young talent in recent years, and with no shortage of high-profile prospects on the horizon, that's a trend that doesn't figure to end anytime soon.

Ahead, we've ranked the top 25 players in the league under the age of 25, with the cutoff being the player's age when Opening Day arrives April 3.

A few more specifics before we begin:

  • MLB Experience Required: Only players with who have established themselves at the big league level were considered, so top prospects like Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, J.P. Crawford, Trea Turner and Tyler Glasnow don't qualify just yet.
  • Rookie Eligibility Was a DQ: Players who have had a taste of the big leagues but still hold rookie eligibility were also excluded from consideration, like Corey Seager, Byron Buxton, Steven Matz and Jon Gray.
  • Production Over Upside: Eligible players were chosen based on their current skill level and past production, not on their overall ceiling and future upside.
  • Expect Things to Change: This list is a reflection of where the top under-25 talent in the league stands entering the 2016 season, but expect the list to look different by next offseason. For example, right now Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado have accomplished more than Kris Bryant, but it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Bryant pass both of them in these rankings in the upcoming year.

Let's kick things off with a few honorable mentions.

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