Coming Soon To A Stadium Near You: Minor League Starting Assignments

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With opening day upon us, and minor league opening day only a few short days away as well, Jason Hunt takes a look at the starting assignments of a number of minor league prospects.

The minor league season starts up on Thursday for full season affiliates, and with the major league rosters being finalized over the past few days, we have a very good idea now of where a number of the top prospects will be playing that day. With that in mind, I've made the attempt to find out where as many of the top prospects are starting their season.

Every effort has been made to verify these assignments, specifically through the use of Twitter (both from players themselves, beat reporters, and other bloggers), press releases from both major and minor league organizations, and through posts done by the team-specific sites here at SBNation as well. I have not relied upon the roster pages over at MILB.com, only because they are generally only updated when teams announce the rosters for the start of the season. By no means is this a complete list, as there are likely at least a few top prospects where their assignment has either not been confirmed or, frankly, were just missed in my research.

Top Prospects On Major League Rosters:

Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Masahiro Tanaka (NYY), Jose Abreu (CHW), Nick Castellanos (DET), Billy Hamilton (CIN), Yordano Ventura (KC), Travis d'Arnaud (NYM), Carlos Martinez (STL), Chris Owings (ARI), James Paxton (SEA), Erik Johnson (CHW), Jonathan Schoop (BAL), Josmil Pinto (MIN), Mike Olt (CHC), Marcus Semien (CHW), Kolten Wong (STL), Brandon Workman (BOS), Michael Choice (TEX)

Top Prospects On Major League Disabled List:

Taijuan Walker (SEA), Dylan Bundy (BAL)

  • The A's are doing the same thing they did last year, moving top high school draftee Billy McKinney straight to High-A Stockton like Addison Russell did. Should be interesting, and I think they get a pass after seeing how Russell did with the assignment overall.
  • Kyle Zimmer will be held back in extended spring for about a month to start the year, but will be ramped up in the hope that he can provide important innings for the big club by September. He'll head out to AA from XST.
  • The team in Wilmington is absolutely stacked with talent, and could be the single affiliate with the most top prospects on their roster. Top picks Hunter Dozier and Sean Manaea will be there, as well as Bubba Starling and Raul Mondesi.
  • Tennessee (AA) is another affiliate worth checking out, with Kris Bryant and C.J. Edwards among the top prospects on the roster to start the year. It's entirely possible that they will also have Dan Vogelbach and Albert Almora from High-A by the end of the year as well.

Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
MIA New Orleans Jake Marisnick OF MIL Nashville Johnny Hellweg RHP
ARI Reno Archie Bradley RHP MIL Nashville Hunter Morris 1B
HOU Oklahoma City George Springer OF KCR Omaha Christian Colon 2B
KCR Omaha Danny Duffy LHP KCR Omaha John Lamb LHP
NYM Las Vegas Noah Syndergaard RHP NYM Las Vegas Rafael Montero RHP
NYM Las Vegas Wilmer Flores 3B SF Fresno Edwin Escobar LHP
CHC Iowa Arismendy Alcantara 2B CHC Iowa Javier Baez SS
STL Memphis Oscar Taveras OF STL Memphis Stephen Piscotty OF
SF Fresno Gary Brown OF LAD Albuquerque Joc Pederson OF
LAD Albuquerque Zach Lee RHP LAD Albuquerque Alexander Guerrero 2B

International League (AAA)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
BAL Norfolk Kevin Gausman RHP TAM Durham Nate Karns RHP
BOS Pawtucket Garin Cecchini 3B PIT Indianapolis Gregory Polanco OF
TAM Durham Enny Romero LHP PIT Indianapolis Jameson Taillon RHP
PHI Lehigh Valley Maikel Franco 3B CHW Charlotte Matt Davidson

3B

BAL Norfolk Mike Wright RHP BOS Pawtucket Jackie Bradley OF
TAM Durham Hak-Ju Lee SS CLE Columbus Trevor Bauer RHP
TOR Buffalo Marcus Stroman RHP MIN Rochester Alex Meyer RHP
MIN Rochester Danny Santana SS

Eastern League (AA)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
PHI Reading Jesse Biddle LHP SF Richmond Kyle Crick RHP
PHI Reading Aaron Altherr OF (DL) SF Richmond Clayton Blackburn RHP
DET Erie Devon Travis 2B SF Richmond Adalberto Mejia LHP
DET Erie Corey Knebel RHP PIT Altoona Nick Kingham RHP
PIT Altoona Alen Hanson SS CLE Akron Francisco Lindor SS
TOR New Hampshire Aaron Sanchez RHP BOS Portland Henry Owens LHP

Southern League (AA)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
MIL Huntsville Mitch Haniger OF MIL Huntsville Taylor Jungmann RHP
CHC Tennessee Kris Bryant 3B CHC Tennessee Jorge Soler OF
CHC Tennessee C.J. Edwards RHP CHC Tennessee Pierce Johnson RHP
MIA Jacksonville Andrew Heaney LHP MIA Jacksonville Justin Nicolino LHP
CIN Pensacola Robert Stephenson RHP

Texas League (AA)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
SD San Antonio Matt Wisler RHP OAK Midland Addison Russell SS
SD San Antonio Jesse Hahn LHP OAK Midland Billy Burns OF
COL Tulsa Jonathan Gray RHP KCR NW Arkansas Jorge Bonifacio OF
COL Tulsa Eddie Butler RHP KCR NW Arkansas Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
LAA Arkansas Kaleb Cowart 3B LAA Arkansas Mark Sappington RHP
TEX Frisco Rougned Odor 2B TEX Frisco Luis Sardinas SS
SD San Antonio Austin Hedges C SD San Antonio Rymer Liriano OF
SD San Antonio Jace Peterson SS

California League (High-A)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
OAK Stockton Billy McKinney OF SF San Jose Chris Stratton RHP
COL Modesto Trevor Story SS SF San Jose Martin Agosta RHP
COL Modesto Rosell Herrera SS SF San Jose Kendry Flores RHP
COL Modesto Will Swanner C SF San Jose Mac Williamson OF/DH
LAD Rancho Cucamonga Julio Urias LHP LAD Rancho Cucamonga Corey Seager SS
HOU Lancaster Mark Appel RHP HOU Lancaster Carlos Correa SS
LAD Rancho Cucamonga Chris Anderson RHP LAD Rancho Cucamongs Tom Windle RHP
SD Lake Elsinore Joe Ross RHP SD Lake Elsinore Max Fried LHP
SD Lake Elsinore Walker Weickel RHP CIN Bakersfield Jesse Winker OF

Carolina League (High-A)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
KCR Wilmington Sean Manaea LHP KCR Wilmington Raul Mondesi SS
KCR Wilmington Miguel Almonte RHP KCR Wilmington Hunter Dozier 3B
KCR Wilmington Bubba Starling OF TEX Myrtle Beach Jorge Alfaro C
TEX Myrtle Beach Nick Williams OF TEX Myrtle Beach Joey Gallo 3B
TEX Myrtle Beach Alex Gonzalez RHP ATL Lynchburg Lucas Sims RHP

Florida State League (High-A)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
MIL Brevard County Tyrone Taylor OF CHC Daytona Dan Vogelbach 1B
MIL Brevard County Orlando Arcia SS CHC Daytona Albert Almora OF
MIL Brevard County Victor Roache OF MIA Jupiter Colin Moran 3B
MIN Fort Myers Max Kepler OF MIN Fort Myers Jose Berrios RHP
Midwest League (Low-A)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
MIN Cedar Rapids Kohl Stewart RHP CLE Lake County Dorssys Paulino SS
TAM Bowling Green Blake Snell LHP SD Fort Wayne Franchy Cordero SS
TAM Bowling Green Oscar Hernandez C SD Fort Wayne Hunter Renfroe OF
SD Fort Wayne Dustin Peterson 3B CIN Dayton Philip Ervin OF

South Atlantic League (Low-A)
Org. Affiliate Player Position Org. Affiliate Player Position
NYM Savannah Dominic Smith 1B NYM Savannah Gavin Cecchini SS
WAS Hagerstown Lucas Giolito RHP NYY Charleston Gosuke Katoh 2B
PHI Lakewood J.P. Crawford SS PHI Lakewood Carlos Tocci OF
SF Augusta Christian Arroyo SS COL Asheville Raimel Tapia OF
COL Asheville David Dahl OF COL Asheville Ryan McMahon 3B
TEX Hickory Lewis Brinson OF TEX Hickory Nomar Mazara OF
TEX Hickory Travis Demeritte SS TEX Hickory Ronald Guzman 1B
BAL Delmarva Hunter Harvey RHP BAL Delmarva Josh Hart OF

Other Assignments
Org. Player Position Status Org. Player Position Status
MIN Miguel Sano 3B Injured MIN Byron Buxton OF Extended Spring Training (AA)
ARI Braden Shipley RHP Extended Spring Training KC Kyle Zimmer RHP Extended Spring Training (AA)
MIN Eddie Rosario 2B Suspension (AA) TAM Taylor Guerrieri RHP Injured/Suspension
CLE Clint Frazier OF Extended Spring Training (Low-A) BOS Matt Barnes RHP Extended Spring Training (AAA)
PIT Tyler Glasnow RHP Disabled List (High-A)

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