This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
It's June, and still, there's no Major League Baseball in sight. What a strange summer it will be if our national pastime does not return. The empty, cavernous stadiums standing as broken monuments, like the Roman Coliseum, leaving us only to gawk at their majesty. Imagine a year without a World Series; that hasn't happened since 1994, the strike-shortened season that almost destroyed baseball. The minor league season may never begin, leaving plenty of professional ballplayers in limbo. Even if some players return to big-league stadiums, it is highly unlikely fans will be joining them.
The refrain remains the same; if the 2020 baseball season does take place, it may not resemble the game we have all grown up with, know and love. Different format, unique rules. Still, some baseball is better than no baseball, right?
Until we know more, though, the Minor League Barometer is going to operate as it always has — by taking a deeper look at young ballplayers who deserve publicity. That is true whether or not they play in 2020.
Peyton Burdick, OF, MIA – Burdick was rather impressive after being drafted in the third round of last year's draft, though perhaps that is unsurprising giving his college pedigree. He got as high as Low-A, playing 63 games. He slashed .307/.408/.542 with 10 home runs, 59 RBI and six steals over that span. Burdick has tremendous raw power with the ability to take a walk, and while he did fan 67 times, that