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Young stars dominate most popular jerseys

Reigning NL MVP Award winner Posey tops list of best sellers, four Dodgers in top 20

The young stars dominating Major League Baseball the past couple of seasons have quickly become fan favorites, as 18 of the 20 most popular jerseys are of players ages 30 or younger, including five players under the age of 24.

Rank Player Team
1 Buster Posey Giants
2 Mariano Rivera Yankees
3 Yadier Molina Cardinals
4 David Wright Mets
5 Matt Harvey Mets
6 Bryce Harper Nationals
7 Derek Jeter Yankees
8 Manny Machado Orioles
9 Mike Trout Angels
10 Yasiel Puig Dodgers
11 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers
12 Miguel Cabrera Tigers
13 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
14 Matt Kemp Dodgers
15 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
16 Sergio Romo Giants
17 Andrew McCutchen Pirates
18 Yu Darvish Rangers
19 Pablo Sandoval Giants
20 Justin Verlander Tigers

Reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner Buster Posey's No. 28 Giants jersey tops the list, while Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina round out the top three.

Last year's Rookie of the Year winners, the Nationals' Bryce Harper (No. 6) and the Angels' Mike Trout (No. 9), rank in the top 10, as do Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (No. 5) and Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (No. 8).

Despite not debuting until June 3, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's jersey comes in at No. 10.

The top rankings of jerseys sold has a New York flavor, with Big Apple mainstays Mets third baseman David Wright (No. 4) and Yankees captain Derek Jeter (No. 7) joining their teammates Harvey and Rivera in the top 10.

The West Coast rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants can also be seen within the top 20, with Los Angeles having the most players on the list, with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (No. 11), Matt Kemp (No. 14) and Clayton Kershaw (No. 15) joining Puig. The World Series champion Giants have closer Sergio Romo (No. 16) and third baseman Pablo Sandoval (No. 19) to go along with the most popular jersey in Posey.

Dustin Pedroia (No. 13), Andrew McCutchen (No. 17), Yu Darvish (No. 18) and Justin Verlander (No. 20) round out the top 20 jerseys.

Fourteen of the top 20 are All-Stars this year, while 12 clubs are represented in the top 20.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth.