Wil Myers is young (22), but 22 in MLB this year are younger

With Wil Myers set to make his Rays debut Tuesday, the outstanding Tampa Bay PR man Dave Haller set out Monday on Twitter (@HallerDave) to show how young Myers really is.

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

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