Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

With May approaching, the resumption of life as we once knew it finally seems to be getting closer.  Although things will certainly be different, including likely baseball games without fans, it would appear that by summer there should be live games in some shape or form.  With that, here are five tidbits before diving into this week's Minor League Barometer.

1.      First base in the minors is about as shallow as it has ever been in terms of elite talent.

2.      Michael Kopech's value likely ticks up for this season due to the delay, as does value for Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk.

3.      Keep an eye on the depth in the minor league system for the Blue Jays at the hitting positions.  They already have Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at third and Bo Bichette at shortstop, but Jordan Groshans and Orelvis Martinez are highly touted young phenoms at those respective positions.  This embarrassment of riches could make the Blue Jays primed for a big trade if they start the season hot, particularly for a frontline rotation anchor.

4.      The Indians system could have a boom-or-bust season.  The Tribe have a couple high upside teenagers in George Valera and Brayan Rocchio, with several players close to the big leagues (Bobby Bradley, Daniel Johnson, James Karinchak).  The progress of the aforementioned neophytes, as well as the contributions of the more experienced prospects, could shape the Indians outlook significantly for the foreseeable future.

5.      "The Martian"

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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