- Matt Wieters (24) - Jokes!
- Tim Lincecum (26) - Older than I realized, but seems a safe bet to avoid injury problems and pitch extremely well for years.
- Hanley Ramirez (26) - Slightly on the old side, but plays a premium position.
- Evan Longoria (24) - Younger than Hanley and without character issues despite not being as good of a hitter.
- Jason Heyward (20) - The only player on the list younger than Pitching Jesus is having a monster rookie campaign. He does not play a premium position though, and has only proven himself for half a season.
- Felix Hernandez (24) - Don't forget about King Felix. Healthy, young, and dominant puts him as a very strong possibility.
- Justin Upton (22) - Going into the season, he was the best young hitter in the game, but has now lost that title to Heyward.
- Yovani Gallardo (24) - He is proving himself this year and is still young.
- Clayton Kershaw (22) - The youngest pitcher on this list and just a year older than Strasburg. His walk rate and G/F ratios are not good, but a ton of strikeouts and is keeping the ball in the park so far.
- Ubaldo Jimenez (26) - The most dominant pitcher this season is a little older than I'd like, and does not have the track record to make me confident that he will continue maintain this level of performance.
- Francisco Liriano (26) - having a terrific year, but age and history of arm trouble are not what I'm looking for.
- Ryan Braun (26) - Stud hitter but a little old and plays LF.
- Albert Pujols (30) - Absurd that a 30 year old can make this list, but he is just that good. He could maintain his level of performance for at least 6 more years and I wouldn't be surprised.
- Josh Johnson (26) - A little old, and some previous arm trouble.
- Evan Longoria
- Jason Heyward
- Hanley Ramirez
I can understand if you put Strasburg as the #1 asset in baseball and welcome everyone's opinions, but if Pitching Jesus can maintain his performance through the end of the season, there won't even be a debate.
(Image courtesy of gallery.fotoglif.com, ages and stats courtesy of espn.com and baseballprospectus.com)