Perhaps the best part of an otherwise meaningless spring training game (other than having baseball back in our lives), is seeing your team’s future up close.
For some, that future will come to fruition this season. Top prospects like left fielder Andrew Benintendi in Boston and shortstop J.P. Crawford in Philadelphia are set to make an impact in the majors for the first time.
This list looks at teams with the most young talent to offer. Ironically, it features a few teams that are already considered playoff contenders, such as the Chicago Cubs. That speaks to how well those organizations have been run. It’s not easy to win a title and have talent left over, or be young enough to think about a dynasty. But the Cubs have done just that.
Of course, there are also teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, who finally have something to look forward to after years of hopelessness. Rebuilding is a long and arduous process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Without further ado, here are the seven best young lineups coming into the 2017 season.