Baseball: Five Best Pitchers Under 25

Frank Doyle | Updated Jun 03, 2011

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Frank Doyle looks at the best five pitchers under 25 currently working in the major leagues.

One of the keys to successful MLB betting is getting smart sooner than anyone else. Everyone knows that Josh Beckett or CC Sabathia are good bets in a ball game. What you need to do is find the guys who aren’t well known – yet.

It’s not an exact science, of course, and the it’s a gunfight every evening at the OK Corral among the sabermetricians to figure out which is the key to unlock the great game.

Young pitchers have to be nursed because the last thing a manager can do is ruin someone as happened so many Next Best Things in the past, but right now these guys are the young guns to watch – the top five currently active hurlers in the Major Leagues under 25 years old, ranked by the most old fashioned statistic of all – Earned Run Average.

Michael Pineda. The word has got out about this guy. Pineda was red hot in his first ten starts for the Mariners, but got shelled by the Yankees last weekend in Seattle. Pineda showed character allied to his talent to come back on Wednesday night to last seven innings, and if the other Mariners couldn’t find any run support for him, that’s not Pineda’s fault. Next up: June 6 at the Chicago White Sox.

Trevor Cahill. Cahill can’t drop a sinker and a curveball down the front of your shirt but he tries really, really, hard to do exactly that. Again, like Pineda, the absence of run support is something that you have to consider before laying the money down. Next up: June 4 at Boston.

Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are having an awful year, in both the ballpark and the boardroom, but Clayton Kershaw gives them hope. In his last outing, Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout against against the Marlins. He’s only 23 years old. Next up: June 4 at Cincinnati.

Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson is on the best team on the list so that makes him the best bet to bring home the bacon. Hellickson isn’t the physically biggest guy on this list, but he’s already mastered the difference between throwing and pitching. Next up: June 4 at Seattle.

Tommy Hanson. Hanson might be a guy to fade. Statistics are only ever snapshots in time and it still early in the season. Hanson got off to a good start but he’s been shaky recently. He’s 4-2, 2.40 at Turner Field but 2-2, 3.41 on the road. Next up: June 7 at Florida.

Five Best Pitchers Under 25

PitcherTeamRecordERAGames StartedInnings PitchedStrikeoutsWalks
Michael PinedaSeattle6-22.301170.17320
Trevor CahillOakland6-32.3112785830
Clayton KershawLA Dodgers6-32.6212798724
Jeremy HellicksonTampa Bay6-32.801064.14627
Tommy HansonAtlanta6-42.821270.16923
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