Originally Posted by EddieMilner
I thought the same thing. Are most of the guys at Dayton college kids? I was thinking that if the Dayton kids had 3 or so years on the South Bend kids, that could make a difference.
Yes, the Dragons are mostly last year's Mustangs, so they're 2006 college draftees. The average age in the Midwest League tends to be 21-22, with a 23-24 year-old being "old" and 19-20 being "young". Most of the Dragons' starting lineup is 22, with a couple like Valaika (21) and Francisco (19) a tad bit younger than that.
What does that mean? Basically this: a lot of these guys' prospect status doesn't have a year to blow (a la BJ Szymanski or Adam Rosales). Sure, your career doesn't end if you fall behind, but it's an uphill climb to get back into a club's plans if you're 24-25 and not at least to Double-A. Your value to the organization drops because you're not as desirable in trades, either, which is another major source of a farm system's value to clubs.
Anyway, a cursory glance at the South Bend roster
doesn't show a group much younger overall- mostly 22- and 23-year-olds with a couple of 20-21s and the odd teenager. In fact, these guys might even be older than the Dragons.
The only name I instantly recognize is right-handed pitcher Jason Neighborgall
, who's famous for throwing like 100 mph but can't do it in the direction of home plate.