Dodgers don’t just have millennials, they have young and talented millennials
By Cary Osborne
Baseball America released its annual report on the youngest players in each league on Opening Day and it showed not just how much talent the Dodgers have, but how much young talent they have. From the Low-A ball to the Majors, the Dodgers have a player who ranks in the top three of youngest players in their respective league and in three leagues they have the absolute youngest player.
It starts at the top where Corey Seager (21 years, 11 months) is the second youngest player in the National League behind Colorado pitcher Miguel Castro (21 years, 3 months).
Julio Urias, at 19 years, 8 months old, is the youngest player in the Pacific Coast League and all of Triple-A. Last year, he was the youngest player in Double-A and in 2014 he was the youngest in all of A-ball — a season in which he pitched in High-A for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
If Urias started 2016 in Double-A, he’d be the second youngest player. Instead that distinction goes to Dodger farmhand Alex Verdugo (19 years, 11 months), who is the youngest player in the Texas League. First baseman Cody Bellinger (20 years, 9 months) is fifth.
Three Dodgers rank in the Cal League’s top 10: Yusniel Diaz (No. 3, 19 years, 6 months), Grant Holmes (No. 5, 20 years) and Julian Leon (No. 9, 20 years, 2 months).
Great Lakes second baseman Omar Estevez (18 years, 4 months) is No. 1 in the Midwest League, followed by Brendon Davis (18 years, 9 months) in second place.