The Best Team Of 27—Year—Olds In MLB
After finding out that an outstanding team could be made up with only 27-year-olds, I have made up a lineup of 17 players that could dominate on the field.
You might be surprised that I have been able to work this out, especially after going through every position possible.
*some of these players are only 26-years-old, yet will be turning 27 before the 2010 season is over.
1B - Miguel Cabrera
If you want to talk about the best hitters in baseball, Miguel Cabrera would not be a bad place to start.
As a player who depends almost solely on his offense to provide value, Cabrera can do it all. From only being in the league for eight years, and with a total of 1130 hits, 231 home runs, and a batting average of .313, you can only expect this guy to get better and better as he enters his prime.
With the way that this guy is going, people should be gearing up for a pretty easy Hall of Fame nomination in a few years. He just won’t get the same attention as Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez or even Ryan Howard even though he is putting up numbers on par with, or better, than all of them.
2B - Dustin Pedroia
This should not really be surprising to many, he is already arguably the best second baseman in the American League and he is entering his prime seasons. Pedroia gets on base much more than any other second baseman and is a remarkably better fielder. He also hits better in the clutch and provides his team with confidence late in the game.
Pedroia has great hands and fields the balls that are hit to him. He makes some spectacular plays, especially going to his right, and is quick to get up and make a strong and accurate throw when diving up the middle.
SS - Hanley Ramirez
Hanley's greatness at shortstop has become so routine in the past five years that some people forget that on a year-to-year basis, he is often putting up among the very best numbers in the game.
His dominance with the bat has been well—documented, which is not surprising for a .313 hitter who is averaging 28 home runs, 195 hits, 37 steals in his past three season in the Major Leagues.
Ramirez developed the reputation as an awful defender his first three season in the Majors, but he has shown significant improvement since then, indicating that he is roughly average with the glove
3B - Mark Reynolds
Yes it is kind of sad that this is the best available at the hot corner, but Mark Reynolds has some phenomenal power and plays great defense at third.
Lets put it this way, he is is a special breed. He has his own ways of preforming at a Major League level. With more than 109 homeruns, and 317 RBIs in his first four seasons, Reynolds puts a lot of focus on his power numbers.
If this guy can reduce the amount of times he strikes out, he will be able to show fans why he is an important piece to this lineup.
LF - Ryan Braun
After bursting into the league with his memorable barrage of hits and homers in 2007, Braun has done little to slow down, in fact he has been better both offensively and defensively.
He has only committed three errors in the past two-and-a-half seasons in left field, which keeps him safe from manager's concern on defense. It would not be too much of a stretch to anticipate a Gold Glove or two in the future for the man known as the “Hebrew Hammer.”
Braun brings some pop to the lineup every day. Since his debut in ‘07, Braun has banged 117 homers while tallying 375 RBIs to go along with a .305 batting average.
CF - Jacoby Ellsbury
Whatever you do just do not let Ellsbury get on first base. Just try your best to keep him from running on you. There is no way a catcher would be able to throw him out because he is an excellent runner.
In 82 attempts last year Ellsbury has only been caught 12 times. Which gave him a total of 70 stolen bases, impressing everyone in baseball.
In addition to his speed and jumps, Jacoby is also capable of getting on base and swinging for average. He is not the type of player that strikes out a lot, but instead shows improvement every year and makes his manager happy.
RF - Nick Markakis
He is one of the most underrated players in the game. Why? Only because he is on a team that is always stuck in last place.
Markakis is a consistent, everyday player who is not taken out as a defensive liability late in games. He still has room to improve, has gap power (but not home run power) and a solid five-category contributor with 100-RBI potential.
If a team wants to stay healthy, this is the player to have in RF.
C - Joe Mauer
One of the game's best hitters and easily the game's best catcher. Mauer may never be able to repeat his historic 2009 performance, but he is still in line to be one of the all-time great backstops ever.
While his power burst from last season likely is not sustainable, he is still a well above-average hitter thanks to an unreal ability to make contact and an unbelievable approach at the plate.
He has already won three batting titles, which is three more than any other American League catcher has ever won, and he still has many years ahead of him.
SP - Justin Verlander
Having the ability to throw 100 mph is a rare trait in the game of baseball. Only a handful of players are capable of reaching that magical number. Justin Verlander is one of them and has been since he arrived on the big league scene back in late 2005.
Throughout the history of the game, a pitcher known for having a blazing fastball has also had a terrific ability to make hitters whiff.
The hard-throwing Verlander is the only pitcher in baseball history to toss a no-hitter, start a World Series game, be a Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in his first two full seasons.
SP - Zack Greinke
Ever since Greinke stepped on the mound during his first game, he was magical. He was not like any other 20-year-old pitcher that wanted to play. He had his own style, his own way of pitching.
Zack Greinke has been a phenomenon, and he has been a bust. He has walked away from baseball, and he has come back. He has been a starter and a reliever; a genius and a flake. Regardless, he still has many years in him to improve and show everyone what he is capable of doing.
SP - Cole Hamels
As a pitcher who has tremendous control over the plate and is not known for walking batters, Cole Hamels is the pitcher that could get out of trouble and save the day.
After leading the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series two years on a row his future changed; and now teams would love to have him as their number one starter.
SP - Matt Garza
Garza has not had much luck in the past. It seemed like every time he would be on the mound, his team would lack run support and not protect him early in the game.
As an overall pitcher, Garza has the ability to help out his team and damage the other team's hitters.
The best part about him is that he will not lose temper when a bad call goes against him, and will usually continue to pitch and get out of the inning.
SP - Gavin Floyd
Floyd's recent success reminds fans that when he is in top form he can measure up to the very earliest starts of a pitcher who is probably going to develop into someone much better than him.
His ability to throw a cutter/slider, a curveball, and a fastball will put hitters in a tough situation trying to hit off of him. As a matter of fact, he has flashed no-hit potential several times since he became a starter, and has left many thinking one day he will be able to accomplish the feat.
RP - Evan Meek
Many people reacted with surprise when Pirates setup-man Evan Meek was named to the National League All-Star team. Almost none of that surprise came from Pittsburgh. That is because Meek has been excellent this year, posting up an Era of 1.07, giving up only six ER in 50+ innings.
Meek is generally used as the seventh-inning guy, which means he is the one that is asked to clean up the mess that the starters or middle relievers leave.
If there is one guy to build a bullpen around, it would be "The Meek"
RP - Sergio Santos
Like a few other successful closers (Rafael Soriano and Carlos Marmol, for example) Santos is a converted position player with a mid-to-high 90 mph fastball. But what makes Santos unusual is that his transition from struggling minor league infielder to hard-throwing major league reliever has taken place within a year.
The White Sox have not used him in many high-leverage situations, yet he still has the ability to strike out hitters and retire batters within seconds.
His dominance might show other clubs that he could one day be a closer for a team.
RP - Sergio Romo
Romo improved in many aspects of his pitching during his last two seasons in comparison to his rookie year. His 2.21 Era in 2010 has many minds wondering what he would do to help out a specific ball club.
Counting on the continued improvement of his pitches, and an ability to entice hitters into chasing, Romo should post quality numbers in the future.
Closer - Francisco Rodriguez
The Major League single-season saves record holder (62) has everything a team could want in a closer. Other than walking batters and heating up games, K-rod has nothing to worry about. His strong ability to strike out hitters and close games out have became exciting for every fan to watch.
The best thing to like about this closer is his excitement when he closes games out. Even though his post-game celebrations, which includes pointing to the sky for an hour and pumping his fists, have somehow gone away.