AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (SF) (0-0) @ Las Vegas 51s (0-0) - 10:05 pm
LHP Mike Kickham v. RHP Rafael Montero
It's pretty unusual for a AAA team to have three of the top five prospects in the system, and my top two ranked arms (Thor, Montero, and Cesar Puello). It would have been four, but Wilmer Flores was in New York to fill in for Daniel Murphy. Las Vegas should be really good, especially early this year.
AA: Akron RubberDucks (CLE) (0-0) @ Binghamton Mets (0-0) - 6:35 pm
RHP Cody Anderson v. LHP Darin Gorski
And the flipside is that the AA team has only two my preseason top 20 prospects: #11 Kevin Plawecki and #20 Jack Leathersich.
A+: Palm Beach Cardinals (0-0) @ St. Lucie Mets (0-0) - 6:30 pm
Three top ten prospects (#6 Brandon Nimmo, #7 Steven Matz and #10 Dilson Herrera) on the advanced-A roster seems like just about the right number. The race is really in the rotation here as Fulmer and Tapia who were each on the roster in 2013, battle with Matz to prove themselves ready for AA. Ynoa, the Opening Night starter, is so young, it's hard to see him as anything other than a very long horse in the first to AA competition.
A: Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) @ Savannah Sand Gnats - 7:05 pmRHP Mark Leiter v. RHP Robert Gsellman
This is a fun Gnats lineup. Gavin Cecchini leads off, Jared King is in the cleanup spot, L.J. Mazzilli hits fifth, followed by Dominic Smith hitting sixth.