Under the radar: Impact kids
The face of baseball looks much younger to me these days.
Are you feeling old yet?
Actually, it's more than a feeling. Major league teams are investing in younger players like never before, starting with the amateur draft. The Nationals paid a record $15 million last August to sign Strasburg prior to him ever throwing a big-league pitch (which looks like a bargain now) and they'll have to break the bank again this year for No. 1 overall pick
Even high-payroll teams such as the Red Sox and Dodgers are putting an emphasis on young talent rather than chasing older and costlier free agents. The demand for aging veterans has further declined due to testing for amphetamines and performance enhancing drugs that once helped revitalize and extend careers. Additionally, general managers are using stats to prove how players' numbers typically go down as their age creeps into the 30s.
Fantasy owners shouldn't lean heavily on veterans either.
To get you thinking younger, here are eight fresh faces you should be watching (I've included their birth years just to rub it in):
Latos benefits from pitching in spacious Petco Park and he'll be better off the longer the Padres stay in the NL West hunt (they were in first place as of Sunday).