This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
With this set to be the most volatile minor-league season in recent history in terms of expected talent level of the players involved, I think we can read something into some of the level assignments for the top-400 prospects. We just don't have a great gauge on how good some of these guys are, as we haven't seen some of them play in games with tracked stats in almost two years. There are certain organizations that are taking a very conservative approach with their assignments — Baltimore and San Francisco stand out. There are others that were more aggressive with their assignments, such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The more interesting cases are where an outlier player is assigned higher or lower than we might have suspected a week ago.
VOTES OF CONFIDENCE
Bobby Witt - Double-A
CJ Abrams - Double-A
Two 20-year-old shortstops who are also top-five overall prospects and were drafted out of high school in the top six of the 2019 draft, Witt and Abrams were assigned as high as we could have realistically expected them to be. Some may have been looking for Witt to get assigned to Triple-A, but that would have been quite aggressive for a player who will be making his full-season debut. Witt's performance will dictate whether he gets the call and when. If he is dominant and there is a spot in the infield for him to get everyday at-bats, he could be up in June or July. If he is