HOF: The next generation

Harper and Trout have two of the best long-term projections among youngsters, but not the two best. US Presswire, Getty Images

With the winter meetings and the year-end awards in the rear-view mirror, baseball has entered that portion of the Hot Stove that involves a lot of arguing about Hall of Famers. And this week at ESPN.com, we're revealing our Hall of 100, which is aimed at making the greatest player debate more about what happened on the field, rather than PEDs and character clauses.

We all know who the greatest players of yesteryear are, but who are the next generation of legends? It's a certainty that some of today's brightest stars under the age of 25 will eventually be giving a speech in Cooperstown, the only question is who.

I've taken every player age 24 or younger as of July 1, 2013, and projected the rest of their careers. Here are the top 10, based on projected wins above replacement over the course of their careers. The error margins for projecting 15-20 years of numbers are massive, for obvious reasons, but that shouldn't prevent us from a little bit of daydreaming. Except that part about being 25 years older, of course.


1. Mike Trout
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Position: CF/LF
Age: 21