Friday, April 4, 2014

The youngest in their leagues

Baseball America revealed an encouraging list for the Cleveland Indians: two of their prospects are the youngest players in their respective leagues.

Infielder Jose Ramirez is the youngest player in the Triple-A International League while shortstop Francisco Lindor is the youngest players in the Double-A Eastern League, according to the list.

Ramirez, who reached Cleveland last summer, doesn't turn 22 until September. Had Ramirez started the season in Cleveland, he would have been the third youngest player in the majors behind phenoms Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and Bryce Harper of the Nationals.

Lindor doesn't turn 21 until November. Lindor is the youngest player in the Eastern League, where he ended 2013, for the second straight season.

Ramirez and Lindor are the only players among the 10 youngest in their respective leagues.

The Lake County Captains have four teenagers -- infielders Dorssys Paulino and Nellie Rodriguez, outfielder Anthony Santander and pitcher -- Mitch Brown. Paulino was the youngest player in Captains' history when he started 2013 in Lake County. Paulino was 18 at the time.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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