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The Young Stars In The MLB Headline A Bright Future

Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at T-Mobile Park on August 24, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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September baseball is usually the time when some of the top prospects in Major League Baseball are called up.

But, this season, most of the top prospects in the sport have already made their debut.

These young players look very good too.

The future of the MLB seems to be in good hands with how these rookies are performing in their first year.

Here are some of the young stars that will be making noise in the MLB for years to come.

 

Julio Rodriguez, Center Fielder, Seattle Mariners

Julio Rodriguez has been the best rookie in sport from the very beginning of the season.

The 21-year-old made the Opening Day roster, and after struggling in April he has been great just about every other month.

Rodriguez was the only rookie that made the All-Star team and he has already surpassed the 20/20 mark for the season.

To be exact he has 23 home runs and 24 stolen bases, so a 30/30 season is still in play with a huge September.

The Seattle Mariners gave Rodriguez a massive contract extension in August, so they are sold on him being the face of their franchise.

 

Bobby Witt Jr., Shortstop, Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals selected Bobby Witt Jr. with the second overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Now Witt has turned into a superstar before our eyes.

The rookie is having a fantastic first season in which he has joined Rodriguez in the 20/20 club.

The 22-year-old has elite speed and that makes him one of the most dangerous baserunners in all of baseball.

According to Statcast, his 30.4 sprint speed is the fastest in the MLB.

The one place Witt can improve is in his fielding.

He has played both third base and shortstop this season and has -20 defensive runs saved.

His fielding will improve the more he plays but his hitting and speed are both great and he will only get better.

 

Spencer Strider and Michael Harris, P/OF, Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves continue to develop young star talent.

This season they have the two favorites for NL Rookie of the Year in Spencer Strider and Michael Harris.

Strider has come out of nowhere and been incredible.

He has 13.7 K/9 while only pitching 114.2 innings.

For Harris, he is hitting a .309 with 15 home runs and 16 stolen bases.

He also has an OPS of .890.

The Braves would not still be in NL East contention without the play of these rookies and they will help this franchise for a long time.

 

Adley Rutschman, Catcher, Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles catcher of the future was the number one ranked prospect in baseball coming into this season.

Since his call-up, he has done nothing but produce for the Os.

He has already established himself as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.

Also, he is hitting a .257 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, and a rookie-leading 27 doubles.

Adley Rutschman has been a key cog in keeping Baltimore in contention.

He is as advertised when the Orioles drafted him first overall in the 2019 draft.

Expect to see Rutschman representing the team in the All-Star game in the near future.

 

Oneil Cruz, Shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates

Despite struggling at the plate during his rookie season, Oneil Cruz is one of the most polarizing young players in the league.

Cruz has all the elite traits that you look for in a player.

He is 6-foot-7 and has elite power, speed, and arm strength.

His Statcast numbers are ridiculous, he has the hardest hit ball this year at 122.4 mph.

He also has a home run this year that was hit 118 mph, the hardest in the Statcast era by a Pittsburgh Pirate.

Cruz has a sprint speed of 30.1 ft/sec which is good for 8th in MLB.

All the tools are in place for Cruz to be a superstar, how he just needs to develop his traits.




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