Young stars continue to take center stage in baseball. With a hat tip to our own Jim Bowden who called a Rafael Devers breakout, it could be an understatement. During his Age-22 season, Devers scored 129 runs with 32 home runs, 115 RBI, eight stolen bases and a robust .311/.361/.555 slash line. He joined only Joe DiMaggio and Alex Rodriguez with at least 90 extra-base hits prior to turning 23 in any major league season. DiMaggio recorded 96 extra-base hits in 1937 and Rodriguez 91 in 1996. Devers recorded 54 doubles, four triples and the 32 home runs for third best in history.

Not only did Devers make history in this regard, he joins two other stars in the majors to reach at least 30 home runs, 100 runs scored and driven in before turning 23 last season with Ronald Acuña Jr. and Juan Soto . They represent one-fourth of the players to do so in baseball history. Devers also led the American League in doubles while finishing second in hits (201). He racked up 60 multiple hit...