Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

Information is out regarding where prospects will be placed when the minor league season begins this week. As has previously been mentioned in this column, it will be intriguing to see which phenoms go where in light of the canceled 2020 campaign. For example, Bobby Witt of the Kansas City Royals is headed to Double-A. While there were rumors he could make the big league squad directly out of spring training, he has yet to play at even Low-A since being drafted in 2019. While those stashing Witt in redraft leagues may be disappointed with this assignment, he could nevertheless advance quickly to the majors if he mashes like he did this past March.

We will finally get some game action this week in the minors. Let's take a look at some prospects ready to make some noise for their respective squads.

UPGRADE

Max Meyer, P, MIA – Meyer is expected to start Tuesday's season opener for Double-A Pensacola despite being drafted last year and never pitching in an affiliated game. This aggressive assignment should only show just how highly he is thought of in the Marlins organization. Meyer boasts a devastating slider and a fastball that can hit 100mph. The development of a changeup will set the tone to see just how good he can be, with the expectation he'll see the big leagues as early as next season.

Adley Rutschman, C, BAL – Rutschman will start at Double-A, a sign he could see the big leagues towards the end of the 2021 campaign. He

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Jesse Siegel
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