The future of baseball is already in front of us.

This isn’t in reference to a timeline. The players who represent the future of Major League Baseball are playing in front of us as you read this article.

Some are nearing free agency, while others were so special their organizations paid top dollar to make sure they feel cozy and comfy at home for the foreseeable future.

The following are seven of the top young ball players worth building franchises around — the most impressive young cornerstones in MLB today.

Manny Machado, third baseman, Baltimore Orioles

Flashback a couple of years ago and the top-two fantasy players to snag in any format were Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. We will cover them later, but the guy who was always knocking on the proverbial door is Manny Machado.

The three-time All-Star helped rejuvenate a team that holds on to so much history.

Machado was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft and it didn’t take him long to make an impact in a major league uniform. He made his debut two seasons later and in 2013 landed his first All-Star roster spot.

The thing about Machado is how diverse he is. He’s at the third base position so you’re anticipating power, but if you look at his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, it may not be something you’re betting your money on. However, with Machado, he has it all: the power, the glove, and the speed.

He holds a career .283/.333/.476 line and although he struggles a bit during the postseason, he hasn’t had much exposure during those fall months.

Machado will become a free agent soon so it’ll be interesting to see the bidding war for him.

Mike Trout, centerfielder, Los Angeles Angels

The great part about Mike Trout, besides everything, is the fact that if you’re not a diehard baseball fan, you know of Mike Trout.

Just take a look at his resume.