Wil Myers is young (22), but 22 in MLB this year are younger
In anticipation of Wil Myers' major-league debut, the Rays wanted to point out how young Myers is. I want to point out how many are younger.
A few examples:
-- Mariano Rivera signed with the Yankees 10 months before Wil Myers was born.
-- Wil Myers was born 2 1/2 years after the release of Bull Durham.
-- Wil Myers will be two days older than Evan Longoria on the day of his @MLB debut.
Not bad, but here's something that may surprise you:
While Myers will be the youngest Ray this year (and the youngest Rays position player by four years) he'll only be the 23rd-youngest player to appear in a big-league game this season.
Myers, who turned 22 in December, is more than two years older than Jurickson Profar, this year's youngest big leaguer. He's a year and a half older than Manny Machado (and three days younger than Yasiel Puig).
The point isn't that Myers is old. The point is that MLB continues to trend young. Myers will be the 39th player to play in a game this season at age 22 or younger.
The Rangers, Cardinals and Mariners have already used four players 22 or younger. Twenty of the 30 teams have used at least one (and the Rays will be the 21st).
Oh, and for all the hype about the Mets' Zack Wheeler, who is also scheduled to debut Tuesday, he doesn't make the list. Wheeler is six months older than Myers and turned 23 on May 30.
Research, by the way, was done through Baseball-Reference.com's outstanding play index. I use it all the time. I don't credit them enough.
Here's the list of the 22 players younger than Myers to appear in an MLB game this year (from youngest to oldest):
Jurickson Profar, Rangers
Bryce Harper, Nationals
Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Manny Machado, Orioles
Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
Mike Trout, Angels
Tyler Skaggs, Diamondbacks
Michael Wacha, Cardinals
Avisail Garcia, Tigers
Jacob Turner, Marlins
Oswaldo Arcia, Twins
Paco Rodriguez, Dodgers
Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Leury Garcia, Rangers
Ian Krol, Nationals
Martin Perez, Rangers
Julio Teheran, Braves
Mike Zunino, Mariners
Trevor Bauer, Indians
Nick Franklin, Mariners
Alex Wood, Braves
Kevin Gausman, Orioles