I’m super busy with moving this week, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Previously, we have talked a bunch about age and how it matters for prospect status and age vs league average age. Minor League Central has a great page with the youngest players per level and per league. Let’s take a look at which Cardinals show up after the jump.
Shelby Miller 21.75 (7th youngest in level)
AAA Pacific Coast League:
Shelby Miller 21.75 (4th youngest in league)
Oscar Taveras 20.08 (4th youngest in level)
AA Texas League:
Oscar Taveras 20.08 (2nd youngest in league)
Kolten Wong 21.75 (12th youngest in league)
Trevor Rosenthal 22.17 (18th youngest in league)
High-A Florida State League:
Carlos Martinez 20.83 (13th youngest in league)
The Cardinals have no one on the list for the High-A level, the A level or the Midwest League.
It is not too far a stretch to see that these are the Cardinals best prospects being challenged in leagues against older players. Some of these players may struggle against the older competition, but the Cardinals think enough of them to push them forward aggressively.