Major League Baseball is in the midst of a talent renaissance that boasts one of the strongest youth movements in the sport’s history.
Every year, it appears that another young star breaks onto the scene and takes the league by storm.
Here is a look at the top three players under 25 in the MLB today.
1. Juan Soto
Soto is a once-in-a-generation talent at the plate.
In his young career, he has put together stats that very few other hitters can rival in the batter’s box.
Juan Soto: Is good. pic.twitter.com/uUjv6YEPJt
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) March 4, 2021
When Soto made his MLB debut, he was just 19 years old.
However, he broke onto the scene as if he were a 15-year veteran in the league with his maturity and skill at the plate.
In each of his first two years, he posted an on-base percentage over .400, along with over 20 home runs and above a .280 average.
Then, he took an even greater leap forward in 2020.
While it did come in a COVID-shortened season, Soto posted absurd numbers for a 21-year-old.
In 47 games, he led the league with a .351 batting average, .490 on-base percentage and 1.185 OPS.
He also added 13 home runs along with that, posting one of the most dominant hitting seasons in recent memory.
It seems that he is continuing to get better at the plate, becoming more well-rounded and better.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) March 10, 2021
The only area where Soto struggles is defensively, as he is a below-average left fielder.
However, despite this, he is one of the best young stars the game has to offer.
2. Fernando Tatis Jr.
Over the last couple of years, it has been hard to escape the hype of Tatis Jr.
He is one of the most electrifying players in the sport, bringing five tools to the table.
In 2020, he slugged 17 home runs with a .277 batting average.
However, he has some of the greatest potential in all of the MLB.
It was for this reason that Tatis inked a 14-year, $340 million contract extension this offseason, cementing his spot at the Padres shortstop position for the future.
During Spring Training so far, he has already hit a monster grand slam with a .444 batting average.
FERNANDO TATIS JR TO THE MOON pic.twitter.com/Qk9WnahUbE
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) March 2, 2021
He also has bragging rights as the cover athlete for this year’s MLB The Show video game.
3. Ronald Acuna Jr.
Acuna is the oldest of these three players, coming in at just 23-years-old.
He is yet another superstar, five-tool talent that has already put-up mind-boggling numbers.
RONALD ACUNA JR! Leadoff HR!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 6, 2020
In 2019, Acuna almost joined the exclusive 40-40 club, slugging 41 home runs and stealing 37 bases.
He added a .280 average to go along with that, while also playing above average defense in the outfield.
While his 2020 numbers didn’t quite live up to that mark, he still is one of the most talented players in the league.
With that, he still has not even hit the prime of his career, a common theme between all of these players.
These guys are just getting started, as they have the potential to dominate the league for years to come.
However, there are even more players coming behind them.
With that in mind, it is safe to say that the sport of baseball is in a good spot.