Polanco, Odor match up as league's youngest

Polanco, Odor match up as league's youngest

ARLINGTON -- Between Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Twins infielder Jorge Polanco, Friday's matchup at Globe Life Park will feature the league's two youngest players.

Both are 20 years old, with Polanco turning 21 on July 5, Odor next February.

Polanco was brought up from Class A Advanced Fort Myers Thursday, skipping both Double-A and Triple-A ball. It was the first time a Twins player has done that since 1982, and after pinch-hitting Thursday, he'll be available again Friday.

"I'm excited, it was a good moment," Polanco said of getting called up. "We all want to play in the big leagues as soon as possible, so I feel good about it."

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Polanco can take advantage of learning what it means to be a big leaguer from the club's veterans.

"I think just seeing how we go about our business up here is a value in itself," Ryan said. "Whether or not he gets any extended playing time I suspect is dependent on the situation. He just got a little flavor yesterday."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.