As over-30 performers have
excelled in other sports, the MLB has skewed younger, with instantimpact prospects turning around fortunes. Rolling fresh arms and legs onto the roster is in vogue across the MLB, with a youth-led turnaround a popular formula for potential bolters. The Mets, with pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Astros, with shortstop Carlos Correa, and the Cubs, with Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, all zoomed from sub-.500 records in 2014 to title contention. There will likely be another team in 2016 that hits on the formula; perhaps Minnesota, who started fast before fading last season. Or Pisburgh, an already-good team, with star Andrew McCutchen (above) soon to be joined by the likes of pitcher Tyler Glasnow and first baseman Josh Bell.