Predicting minor-league rosters is a crap shoot — especially at the lower levels. I’ve done my best to see which players could at least begin the 2014 at which level.
There’s a lot more talent on some of these teams than there has been in years past (thank you Logan White, Bob Engle and Co.). Each level has players to watch on the mound and in the batter’s box. These rosters likely won’t resemble my predictions (or the actual roster) come the end of the season, but if you’re within viewing range of any of these teams, expect to see at least some of the players listed below at these respective levels.
Low-A Great Lakes Loons
High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
The Loons have a lot of low-level talent, even if some of the pitchers don’t end up there quite yet. Scavuzzo and Arano (if he makes it) are the ones to really watch.
The Quakes are infinitely more talented than last season, as they’ll boast four of my Top 11 prospects to begin the season (Seager, Urias, Anderson, Windle).
The Lookouts should have the Dodgers’ most recent international signee and some interesting pitchers. I assume Arruebarrena will get promoted to Triple-A shortly after Guerrero is recalled to the Dodgers.
The Isotopes stand to have more talent than in most years. I know Chris Jackson doesn’t think Lee will go to Albuquerque, I don’t see a point to bringing him back to Chattanooga. Plus, pitching in the pitcher’s hell that is the Pacific Coast League could help Lee refine his approach and try to get more grounders — something that could help him going forward.