This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
We recently passed Valentine's Day, so now is the perfect time to discuss those three little words that can mean so much when said to the right person.
Pitchers and catchers.
Not what you were expecting? Don't worry, there are plenty of players for whom I will profess my love.
The truncated season in 2020 left fewer players exhausting their rookie status, so we will hit on some players prior to the beginning of the season who are still featured on prospect lists yet may have already made their MLB debuts.
This article will operate as it has in the past; each week we will analyze several phenoms helping or hurting their causes. It will be skewed more toward players closer to the big leagues, but that doesn't mean we won't highlight some neophytes at the lower levels who are making waves either. This is not a ranking of prospects. Each week's article is not supposed to be exhaustive in any fashion. Fantasy impact will also be weighed more heavily over real-life impact.
As you may or may not know, the minor league structure has changed. I won't comment on the decision, but 40 affiliates were dropped. The New York-Penn League started in 1939; it doesn't exist anymore. On the bright side, there is a new team called the Trash Pandas. Each team has four affiliates now; one each at Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A. It will be interesting to see how player allocation decisions are made, on a team-by-team