The Toronto Blue Jays are the sixth youngest team in all of baseball. Next year, expect them to crack the top-five. Of all the players already under contract for 2012, only two will be older than 30 (Jose Bautista and Rajai Davis). With a minor league system stocked with promising young players, expect the Blue Jays to keep getting younger for years to come; while players will obviously be getting older individually, they will be replaced with much younger players from within rather than veteran free agents.
Alex Anthopoulos has accumulated a wealth of young talent since taking over as general manager in 2009. Toronto is stocked with players aged 22 and under who are developing rapidly and quickly working their way through the organization. With the way these players are progressing, the future of Blue Jays baseball is starting to take shape.
Here are seven players, all aged 22 or younger, who will make up the future core of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Honourable mention goes to Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra, A.J. Jimenez, Carlos Perez, Jake Marisnick, Aaron Sanchez, and Asher Wojciechowski.
All ages and stats current as of August 22, 2011.