Braves building another dynasty
No team is getting more production from young players than Atlanta
However, some organizations have figured out how to both contend and build for the future at the same time. In order to look at which teams have done the best job of getting value from young talent that they can build around in the future, I've broken down every team's total FanGraphs WAR into three age groups: young players (25 and under), players in their primes (26-31), and aging veterans (32 and up).
Today, we're going to focus on the teams that have gotten the most value from players no older than 25, giving them a core nucleus to build around both now and in the future.
1. Atlanta Braves | 24 WAR
The Braves are destroying every other team in baseball in production from young talent this season, and they boast perhaps the best crop of young big leaguers in the entire game. On the position-player side, they are led by 24-year-olds Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. The "old guy" in the middle of their order is Justin Upton, who played most of the year at 25 before turning 26 on Aug. 25. Their rotation boasts both Mike Minor (25) and Julio Teheran (22), while Alex Wood (22) has provided value both as a starter and a reliever. Oh, and they have some guy named Craig Kimbrel (25) who is OK at closing out games.
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