May 08, 2007

Reyes & Wright In Top Ten of Young Franchise Players

Tom Verducci at Sports Illistrated, writes about the top ten baseball players under 25. Reyes comes in at number 3 and David Wright comes in at number 9:

3. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets, 23. Two years ago I never would have imagined Reyes on such a list, but I've rarely seen a player improve so much so fast as Reyes has done. His improvement in plate discipline alone is extremely rare. Reyes is capable of hitting 25 homers, driving in 100 runs, scoring 140 runs and stealing 70 bases -- and winning a Gold Glove. He's already the most exciting player in baseball -- and one of its hardest workers.

9. David Wright, 3B, Mets, 24. Tough choice here between Wright and Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, his fellow Virginian who is two years younger. Both third basemen are struggling this season with almost no power, so maybe they are not perennial All-Star locks. But Wright is a career .301 hitter with all-fields power after more than 1,500 major league at-bats, which is too good of a track record to ignore.

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