D-backs sport Majors' youngest rotation

D-backs sport Majors' youngest rotation

PHOENIX -- The youth movement has officially arrived in Arizona.

With an average age of 24, the D-backs' current rotation is the youngest in the Major Leagues, based on the probable pitchers for the next five days, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Monday's starter, Tyler Skaggs, is 21, and he's followed in the rotation by Wade Miley (25), Patrick Corbin (23), Ian Kennedy (27) and Trevor Cahill (24).

"To me, that's the rotation we would like to have in place for years to come, although we might have gotten to them sooner because of injuries and trades that were able to make," D-backs president Derrick Hall said. "Hopefully, one day we can resemble the rotation the Braves had in the early '90s when they were very young, yet they were together for so many years and had so many pennants together. Are we going to be the Braves? I think everybody aspires to be, but who knows?"

The Houston Astros have the second youngest rotation with an average age of 25, followed by Baltimore (25.8) and Washington (26).

"This organization has a lot of confidence in the younger guys, and it's about getting guys out, no matter how old you are," Miley said. "It's good to know they trust in you. They give you the opportunity and not wait around. If they feel like a guy is ready, they are not afraid to bring him up."