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MLB 26-and-Under Team Rankings: No. 10-6

Yahoo Sports senior MLB analyst Jordan Shusterman breaks down the latest group of teams with the best sets of young talent in baseball.

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JORDAN SHUSTERMAN: It's our 26-and-under power rankings, teams 10 through 6. Let's begin at number 10. It's the Detroit Tigers, who have one of the best pitching prospects in baseball in Jackson Jobe, who we are going to see at some point this season. But the key to them ranking in the top 10 is a very deep collection of young hitters, of course, led by Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson.

We'll see if some of their other young pitchers can take steps forward, like Matt Manning and Reese Olson. But I think that this is a very balanced group. They have a lot more help on the way on the offensive side, with guys like Colt Keith and Jace Jung as well. This is a very interesting group trending up very quickly in the American League Central.

At number 9, it's the San Diego Padres. This is a fascinating group. Of course, they rank highly for having Fernando Tatis Jr. still very young, under team control for a very long time. And they still, even after trading for so many superstars, still have a very strong farm system, certainly, even with some of the pitchers like Dylan Lesko and Robby Snelling. We'll see how quickly they can get rushed to the big leagues. A little bit light on the pitching side at the big-league level right now, but when you have Tatis and this good of a farm system, you're still going to rank quite well.

At number 8 is the Milwaukee Brewers, who score quite highly in these rankings thanks to a wealth of position players under 26 already starting in their big-league lineup. That's William Contreras. That's Sal Frelick. That is going to be Jackson Chourio at some point this year in center field.

That is a lot of talent to be relying on, and that portends well for a very bright future for the Milwaukee Brewers. They've been very good at developing arms. We'll see what they can do with a guy like DL Hall-- some really exciting guys on the way as well with Jacob Misiorowski.

I like this group. It's very balanced, and they already have so many guys contributing at the big-league level. And that's why they rank number 8.

Let's stay in the NL Central for number 7. It's the Cincinnati Reds, who had a parade of rookies arrive in the show in 2023, a group that now forms the core of their offense, of course, led by Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain in the middle of this infield, two tremendous different but similarly talented young hitters-- explosive power-speed combinations from both of them, even though Elly De La Cruz is about a foot taller than McLain.

And then they still have-- their whole rotation, practically, on the mound is under 26, guys like Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, Andrew Abbott. This is just so many contributors already at the Major League level. As we just said with Milwaukee, this is something you have to give them so much credit for. And if these guys get even better, this could be one of the most dominant teams in the NL Central for years to come.

The farm system is a little bit light. But when you have that many guys already doing it in the big leagues, you are going to score quite well.

And finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers, coming in at number 6, this is a very fascinating group headlined by Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is only 25 years old. And even though he just got over $300 million, he's eligible for these rankings. When you have who we expect to be one of the best pitchers in baseball at under 26, you're gonna score quite well.

Add in guys like Bobby Miller. We're gonna still see Dustin May come back from injury, Emmett Sheehan, Gavin Stone. They still have so many young pitchers with incredible talent. That's why they score so well here.

Do we know what we're getting from guys like Gavin Lux and Miguel Vargas at this point? Not quite. But I'm gonna trust that the Dodgers are going to keep producing young, talented hitters, even if they're not necessarily coming from the places you expect.

That's 10 through 6 of our 26-and-under power rankings. We'll see who comes in at the top 5.

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