This article is part of our Farm Futures series.This week I journeyed to Appleton, Wisc., where the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee's Low-A affiliate) were playing host to the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston's Low-A affiliate). This was my first opportunity for in-person prospect viewing since the Arizona Fall League, and the trip did not disappoint. There were a couple of very impressive performances from prospects who started the year on the back half of the top-200 or just off the list, who will undoubtedly see their stock rise when I update the list in the coming days.
One thing that is worth noting: April viewings in the Midwest League typically offers a glimpse of most of these players at their worst, given the poor weather and the fact that many of them are still adjusting to full-season baseball and the league in general. This makes it even more impressive when a player gets off to a great start, but also less of a red flag when a player gets off to a bad start, within reason.
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