Jonathan Mayo

Dodgers trio headlines All-Teen Team

Squad includes a pair of Braves prospects and a highly touted Rockies shortstop

Dodgers trio headlines All-Teen Team

It's often said that youth is wasted on the young. That's not always the case when baseball is involved.

Over the past few years at the Major League level, players have been having a huge impact at such a young age. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, the list goes on and on.

The same holds true down in the Minor Leagues as well, with players dominating levels when they are far younger than the average age there. Whether it's international acquisitions or high school draftees just getting started, there is a slew of precocious teenagers playing well beyond their years as they try to make it to the big leagues.

With that in mind, here is an All-Teen Team, led by three Dodgers and a pair of Braves. It's based on performance thus far in the 2016 season, with a nod especially to youngsters who have handled aggressive assignments with aplomb. All stats are through May 4.

C Chase Vallot, (Royals' No. 11 prospect)
Age: 19; League: South Atlantic (A)
Taken 40th overall, Vallot is 2.3 years younger than the average hitter in the South Atlantic League, yet he is off to a .291/.389/.557 start through 23 games as he repeats the level. He's in the top 10 in slugging percentage and OPS in the league.

1B Bobby Bradley, (Indians' No. 3 prospect)
Age: 19; League: Carolina (A-Adv)
A year after leading the Midwest Leaugue in home runs and RBIs, Bradley is at it again. He turns 20 at the end of May, but he's still 2.4 years younger than the league average, and he's once again atop his league's leaderboard in homers and RBIs.

Top Prospects: Bradley, CLE

2B Ozzie Albies (Braves' No. 3 prospect)
Age: 19; League: International (Triple-A)
Albies is playing second on this team, but he can definitely play short. The Curacao native handled a double-jump to Double-A to start the season (.369/.442/.512), then got bumped up to Triple-A, where he's trying to get his feet under him. Albies is 7.8 years younger than the average hitter there.

3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (Pirates' No. 7 prospect)
Age: 19; League: South Atlantic (A)
Charlie's kid had a strong pro debut after being taken No. 32 overall in last year's Draft, and he's kept it up, with a .333/.360/.474 line while being 2.3 years younger than league average. Hayes is eighth in the SAL in batting average.

SS Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1 prospect)
Age: 19; League: South Atlantic (A)
The highest-rated hitting prospect on this squad, at No. 10 on the Top 100, Rodgers has made a smooth transition from being the No. 3 pick in last year's Draft to full-season ball. He leads his league with a .636 slugging percentage, while he stands second in OPS and third in batting average, and he's 2.3 years younger than the league's average player.

Top Prospects: Rodgers, COL

OF Victor Robles (Nationals' No. 3 prospect)
Age: 18; League: South Atlantic (A)
Robles turns 19 on May 19, and he's absolutely raking alongside the other SAL members on this squad. He's third in OPS, right behind Rodgers, while just ahead of him in batting average, while also being tied for fourth in stolen bases.

OF Alex Verdugo (Dodgers' No. 6 prospect)
Age: 19; League: Southern (Double-A)
Verdugo's numbers -- .289/.333/.411 in 90 at-bats -- don't jump out at you, but the fact he's more than holding his own in the Texas League and doesn't turn 20 until May 15 (3.9 years younger than the average hitter) is extremely impressive.

Top Prospects: Verdugo, LAD

OF Yusniel Diaz (Dodgers' No. 10 prospect)
Age: 19; League: California (A-Adv)
The Dodgers went hard after many Cuban players in 2015, landing Diaz for $15.5 million (not including the matching penalty). He's making a very strong U.S. debut all the way up in the California League, slugging over .500 while mostly playing center field.

LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers' No. 1 prospect)
Age: 19; League: Pacific Coast (Triple-A)
Urias, the top-ranked player on this team at No. 2 on the Top 100, won't turn 20 until August. He's eight years younger than the average pitcher in the Pacific Coast League, yet he is second in ERA (1.88) and in the top 10 in strikeouts (29), while walking just three. After six no-hit innings in his last start, Urias is really starting to knock on the big league door.

Top Prospects: Urias, LAD

RHP Mike Soroka (Braves' No. 13 prospect)
Age: 18; League: South Atlantic (A)
The youngest player on the list, this Canadian high schooler from last year's Draft is sixth in the SAL with 32 strikeouts. More impressive might be that Soroka has done that while walking just six in 31 innings. Even after getting knocked around a bit in his last start, he still has a stellar 2.32 ERA.

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