Starlin Castro   ♦   Born: Mar 24, 1990  ♦   MLB debut: May 7, 2010   ♦   baseball-reference page

The Beginning

There are two themes to this year's website:

  1. The front page has an iphone-y feel, and
  2. Every other page features an exciting young player in MLB

I wanted to flex my (tiny) CSS muscles and make a front page that looked sort of like an iPhone. I got lots of help from TY on the final spit and polish on this. He's a big Apple guy, and he showed me a pretty nice feel for graphic design. Excellent.

I spent most of my energy on my primary theme: young players. Each page on the site features a young ballplayer born after 1990.

Here's a table of the featured young players. It's in order. Starlin Castro is first player born after 1990 to play in MLB. So, he's first. The rest are sorted from left-to-right and top-to-bottom by their MLB debut date.

Starlin Castro
May 7, 2010
Mike Trout
Jul 8, 2011
Jose Altuve
Jul 20, 2011
Bryce Harper
Apr 28, 2012
Trevor Rosenthal
Jul 18, 2012
Jean Segura
Jul 24, 2012
Manny Machado
Aug 9, 2012
Avi Garcia
Aug 31, 2012
Jurickson Profar
Sep 2, 2012
Jose Fernandez
Apr 7, 2013
Michael Wacha
May 30, 2013
Yasiel Puig
Jun 3, 2013
Gerrit Cole
Jun 11, 2013
Xander Boegarts
Aug 20, 2013
Taijuan Walker
Aug 30, 2013
Billy Hamilton
Sep 3, 2013

Check that table. Only 3 players born after 1990 played in MLB before the 2012 season: Starlin, Trout, and Altuve. Everyone else has debuted in the last two years.

Here's some guys born after 1990 that just missed the cut: Julio Teheran, Sal Perez, Nolan Arenado, Nick Franklin, Nick Castellanos, and Brett Lawrie.

Without any stats to back it up, I think the impact of younger players in baseball is greater than ever. Look at that list of 16 players above. In 2014, I think you could see the both MVPs and the NL CY Young come out of that list.

My emphasis on young position players was my most important decision last year. (Naperville win!) I only had one position player over 30, Jason Werth. I picked up Werth midseason and was dying to drop him from the moment I added him. (ha) But Werth never let up last year and played great.

Anywho, enjoy. Email me if you have any ideas/comments.

thanks... yow, bill