There’s a popular theory in sabermetric circles that MLB players enter their years of peak statistical performance when they turn the age of 27. Technically, the age range of peak performance for MLB players is somewhere between 26 and 32. During this time period, a man is physically at his peak. The combination of physical peakness coupled with the repetition of swinging motions and pitch motion practice lead to outstanding statistical performance during these seasons.
We aren’t the only believers in this theory. For some examples of recent memory for those skeptics, we point to the 2011 quality statistical campaigns players like almost MVP Matt Kemp, Royals 3-bagger Alex Gordon, and D-backs starter Ian Kennedy each put together the year they turned 27.
So, assuming all of this “age 27″ stuff is true, its probably a good idea to move players up in your fantasy baseball rankings who will be turning 27 in 2011. These guys could provide you good value at their respective draft positions, and isn’t that what it’s really all about? As these guys blow out the candles, your fantasy team could be in for a major boost in performance this season.
Below are the top 27 players currently in the Majors born in 1985 and therefore, turning 27 in 2012. We’ve taken ADP into consideration from Mock Draft Central and then ranked players based on who – in our opinion – will provide the most fantasy value for their spot in the upcoming season.
Let the debating begin. Rankings begin after the jump.
2012′s Top 27 Turning 27
- Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
- Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
- David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
- Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians
- Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals
- Jonny Venters, RP, Atlanta Braves
- Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Tyler Clippard, RP, Washington Nationals
- Cory Luebke, SP/RP, San Diego Padres
- John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox
- Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Miami Marlins
- Mat Gamel, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
- Justin Masterson, SP, Cleveland Indians
- Delmon Young, OF, Detroit Tigers
- Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians
- Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals
- Mark Melancon, RP, Boston Red Sox
- Bud Norris, SP, Houston Astros
- Sean Rodriguez, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays
- Chris Coghlan, OF, Miami Marlins
- Ian Stewart, 3B, Chicago Cubs
- Dan Bard, RP, Boston Red Sox
- Mitch Moreland, 1B, Texas Rangers
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston Red Sox
- Wade Davis, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
- Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Is there someone we missed? Do we have someone ranked too high/too low? Let us know in the comments below.