Braves start 2013 as the youngest team in baseball

Macon TelegraphApril 1, 2013 

ESPN.com has compiled a list of the ages of the players on the opening day rosters. The study finds that the Braves have the youngest team in Major League Baseball. The 25 players have an average age of 27.3, just ahead of Oakland, Houston and Washington.

 

Here’s a look at the opening day ages of the Braves on this year’s roster.

 

ROTATION

37 - Tim Hudson

30 - Paul Maholm

27 - Kris Medlen

25 - Mike Minor

22 - Julio Teheran

 

BULLPEN

31 - Cristhian Martinez

28 - Eric O'Flaherty

28 - Anthony Varvaro

26 - Cory Gearrin

25 - Jordan Walden

24 - Craig Kimbrek

23 - Luis Avilan

 

POSITION PLAYERS

36 - Reed Johnson

33 - Gerald Laird

33 - Dan Uggla

28 - B.J. Upton

28 - Chris Johnson

27 - Ramiro Pena

26 - Evan Gattis

26 - Jordan Schafer

25 - Juan Francisco

25 - Justin Upton

23 - Jason Heyward

23 - Freddie Freeman

23 - Andrelton Simmons

 

Average age of the 2013 opening day rotation - 28.2

Average age of the 2013 opening day bullpen - 26.4

Average age of the 2013 opening day pitching staff - 27.1

Average age of the 2013 opening day position players - 27.4

Average age of the 2013 opening day starting lineup - 26.8 (not including pitcher)

Average age of the 2013 opening day roster - 27.28

 

Last year’s roster was just a bit higher, but that was only because both Chipper Jones, who was 39 when the season started, and Tim Hudson, who was 36, started the season on the disabled list.

 

Here’s a look at what last year’s opening day roster looked like, with the ages.

 

ROTATION
26 - Jair Jurrjens
25 - Tommy Hanson
25 - Brandon Beachy
24 - Mike Minor
22 - Randall Delgado

 

BULLPEN

37 - Livan Hernandez
34 - Chad Durbin
30 – Cristhian Martinez
27 – Eric O’Flaherty
27 - Jonny Venters
26 - Kris Medlen
23 – Craig Kimbrel

POSITION PLAYERS
35 - David Ross

34 - Matt Diaz
34 - Jack Wilson
34 - Eric Hinske
32 – Dan Uggla
29 - Michael Bourn

28 - Brian McCann
28 - Jose Constanza
28 - Martin Prado
24 – Juan Francisco
22 – Jason Heyward
22 – Freddie Freeman
22 - Tyler Pastornicky

Average age of the 2012 opening day rotation – 24.4
Average age of the 2012 opening day bullpen – 29.1
Average age of the 2012 opening day pitching staff – 27.2
Average age of the 2012 opening day position players – 28.6
Average age of the 2012 opening day starting lineup – 27.1   (not including pitcher)
Average age of the 2012 opening day roster – 27.92

 

If Hudson had been on the roster instead of Delgado, and if Jones had been on the roster instead of Constanza, the average age of the opening day roster would have been a full year older – 28.92, which would have put them in the middle for major league teams.

 

The 2013 bench is a tad younger, as it averages 28 years old, compared to the 31 average age of last year’s opening day bench.

 

 

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