This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
With the season in view, some highly touted prospects have already been informed their Little League dreams will become big-time reality this week. The youth movement has begun in Detroit with both Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal making the Tigers' roster for the Tigers and likely starting in the rotation. Triston McKenzie with Cleveland and Ian Anderson in Atlanta have locked up starting slots and will look to continue trending upwards after dazzling debuts in 2020. Dylan Carlson will be the Cardinals' centerfielder on Opening Day and was likely already ticketed for a starting outfield spot even before Harrison Bader's injury. Bobby Dalbec has been crushing homers for the Red Sox and cementing his role as Boston's first baseman when camp breaks. Andrew Vaughn made the White Sox as their likely DH, but could take on an even more expanded role due to the unfortunate injury to Eloy Jimenez. Leody Taveras starts with the big club for the Rangers and could bat leadoff. Jazz Chisholm of the Marlins will start at second base for the Marlins. And in Cincinnati, Jonathan India continues to vie for a starting job.
Happy Opening Day from the Minor League Barometer!
Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA – Kudos to Taylor Trammell, a former top prospect who has moved around a lot in recent seasons but made the roster for the M's out of camp and should start in the outfield. Although he could just be a placeholder for Rodriguez, a star in the