This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The overused quote reads, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." We have all found that out the hard way when it comes to sports during this pandemic. While certainly much lower on the totem pole than health, safety and economic well-being, this hiatus has made us yearn for our national pastime. For some, it represents livelihood lost. For others, it represents what could be a much-needed distraction from enduring these unique conditions.
With the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) playing live games, though, and the United States slowly starting to re-open, the promise of baseball returning to the states is exciting. Envisioning a July 4 opening, complete with pageantry and fireworks, may even be plausible; however, we all likely would be relegated to watching from the couch. Still, logistics aside, we have to stay safe, stay vigilant, but stay positive. Where there is a will, there is a way.
OK, enough with the clichés. Let's get to the players featured in this week's edition of the Minor League Barometer.
George Kirby, P, SEA – The Mariners have done a superb job in restocking their farm system on the hitting side, with exceedingly high upside bats in Julio Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic and Noelvi Marte, along with "ready now" prospects in Kyle Lewis, Evan White and Jake Fraley. The pitching revamp has been less successful, though I am a big fan of Logan Gilbert and Justin Dunn. Brandon Williamson should help, but the real prize came