(In case you're wondering, Mike Schmidt wasn't within hailing distance of the Top-25 young 3B. He started his career relatively late as compared to the rest of this group, having played but 145 games through his age-23 season and compiling a .197/.324/.367/90 OPS+ line. Of course, Schmidt went on to do some things in the game.)
It's too easy (and too early) to make breathless declarations about "all-time great" status, but one of the great joys of being a baseball fan is recognizing and appreciating an exceptional player in the early stages of their career. It doesn't happen all that often -- so enjoy the next 10-15 years of this singular talent.
âPHOTO: Manny Machado by Keith Allison. CC BY-SA 2.0