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Mets players who were the youngest in the National League

New York Mets Lastings Milledge during a regular season MLB game against the Colorado Rockies played at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York on August 19, 2006. The Mets won 7-4. (Photo by Bryan Yablonsky/Getty Images)
New York Mets Lastings Milledge during a regular season MLB game against the Colorado Rockies played at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York on August 19, 2006. The Mets won 7-4. (Photo by Bryan Yablonsky/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals slides in safe but is later ruled out after video replay as Dilson Herrera #2 of the New York Mets reacts at Citi Field on May 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

2006 – Lastings Milledge, 21

Remember Lastings Milledge? Not only is he an all-time great when it comes to baseball names, he was also the youngest National League player to appear in a game during the 2006 season.

The highly-touted prospect played in 56 games for the 2006 Mets as a 21-year-old. He didn’t do anything historic but accomplished enough to give hope of a more promising career ahead.

Milledge’s reputation was often an issue and some struggles at the big league level limited him to only 433 games in his career. Milledge is an example of why it’s always important to not buy into the hype too hard because the higher you take it, the further the fall becomes.

2014 – Dilson Herrera, 20

Infielder Dilson Herrera was the most recent Mets player to represent the youngest player in the league. After two consecutive seasons of Bryce Harper as the youngest, Herrera ended the streak at 20-years-old.

Unfortunately, for the Mets, Herrera is on the other end of a disappointing sandwich of “the youngest NL players.” Between Milledge in 2006 and Herrera in 2014, there are plenty of really good players.

Justin Upton, Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Starlin Castro, Julio Teheran, and Harper are the men who led the league with the fewest birthdays between this pair of Mets. Though Herrera is still young and back with the Amazins, I don’t think he’ll ever join that impressive company.

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Eventually, the Mets will again employ the youngest player in the league. Hopefully, he’s more Gooden than anything else.Mets

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