Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Opening Day Assignments







Wilmington Blue Rocks

The most loaded team in the Carolina League and one of the most prospect heavy teams in all of minor league baseball.

Who is in? 

Brady Singer (SP),  MJ Melendez (C), Nick Pratto (1B), Jackson Kowar (SP), Daniel Lynch (SP), Kyle Isbel (OF), and Seuly Matias (OF), and Brewer Hicklen (OF). 


Who is Not?

Carlos Hernandez (SP), Yefri Del Rosario (SP), Kris Bubic (SP), Michael Gigliotti (OF), and Jeison Guzman could all join the Blue Rocks later in the year.



Down East Wood Ducks


The Wood Ducks will have a good number of prospects in green and orange in 2019.  Expected Anderson Tejeda to be assigned to Frisco.  Interesting that Doisbel Arias was assigned to Down East and his more heralded countrymen, Julio Pablo Martinez is starting at Hickory.

Who is in?

Bubba Thompson (OF), Anderson Tejeda (SS), Leody, Tavaras (OF), AJ Alexy (SP)Tyler Phillips (SP), Reid Anderson (SP), Jason Bahr (SP), Diosbel Arias (3B), Tyreque Reed (1B) and Demarcus Evans (RP).

Who is Not?

Hans Crouse (SP), Julio Pablo Martinez (OF), Pedro Gonzalez (OF), Curtis Terry (1B) and Sam Huff (C) could join to Wood Ducks later in the year.

  



Fayetteville Woodpeckers

The Woodpeckers will open Segra Stadium with few roster surprises.

Who is in?

Seth Beer (LF), Bryan Abreu (SP), Peter Solomon (P), Jonathan Arauz (SS) and Enoli Paredes (P)

Who is Not?

Alex McKenna (OF) and Ross Adolph (OF) will open in Quad Cities but could join the Woodpeckers later in the year.



Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Cubs assignments were unpredictable.  The headliner, Nico Hoerner was assigned to Tennessee and looks like he will skip the Carolina League.  Paul Richan will open the year on the Pelicans which is an aggressive assignment.  Alex Lange was expected to be promoted to Tennessee but will begin in the Pelicans.

Who is in?

Miguel Amaya (C), Aramis Ademan (SS), Paul Richan (SP), Jimmy Herron (OF), and Alex Lange (SP). 

Who is not?

Nico Hoerner (SS).  Brendon Little (SP) and Erich Uelmen (SP) do not show up on any roster but no word on any injuries. Andy Weber (2B) will begin in season in South Bend but could join the Pelicans later in the year.


Lynchburg Hillcats 

The Hillcats should be a much more exciting team next year.  For 2019, top prospect, Nolan Jones will begin the year with the Hillcats.  Eli Morgan was expected to open in Akron but will in Lynchburg.  Richard Palacios is an exciting player, who was expected to be on the Hillcats, but he will miss the year with a torn labrum.  

Who is In?

Nolan Jones (3B), Oscar Gonzalez (OF), Jean Carlos Mejia (SP), Juan Hillman (SP) and Eli Morgan (SP).

Who is not?

Tyler Freeman (SS), Luis Oviedo (SP), Jose Fermin (2B) and Will Benson (OF) will open the year in Lake County but could join the Hillcats later in the year.





Carolina Mudcats

Not much to see here.  Aaron Ashby and Adam Hill are interesting pitchers, who could be promoted to the Mudcats  for the second half.

Who is In?

Tristen Lutz (OF), Mario Feliciano (C) and Peyton Henry (C).

Who is not?

Aaron Ashby (SP) and Adam Hill (SP) will begin the year with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  Clayton Andrews (RP) is not assigned a team but no word on an injury.  All could be in Carolina later in the year.



Frederick Keys
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The Keys roster was announced prior to writing their preview.

Who is in?

DL Hall (SP), Brenan Hanifee (SP), Cameron Bishop (SP), Matthias Dietz (SP), Cody Sedlock (SP) and Jomar Reyes (3B).

Who is not? 

Jean Carlos Encarnacion (3B) and Cadyn Greiner (SS) will likely get promoted to Frederick during the season.  Alex Wells (SP) and Michael Baumann (SP) are beginning the year in extended spring training, they could join the Keys once healthy. Although Wells could possibly be promoted to Bowie. 


Potomac Nationals

Luis Garcia will start the year in AA with Harrisburg.  At least  Garcia had a longer stay in Potomac than Juan Soto. Telmito Agustin, Kyle Johnston and Nick Raquet were expected to be promoted to Harrisburg, but all will begin the year with Potomac.  On the other hand, Malvin Pena was promoted to Potomac to begin the year after only 30 innings in Hagerstown.

Who is in?

Telmito Agustin (OF), Jackson Tetreault (SP), Malvin Pena (SP), Kyle Johnston (RP) and Nick Raquet (SP).  Gabe Klobosits (RP recovering from May 2018 Tommy John surgery) and Brigham Hill (SP unknown injury) will begin the year on the Potomac Nationals' disabled list.

Who is not?
Luis Garcia (SS).  Potential call ups for later in the year include Yasel Antuna (SS), Tim Cate (SP),  Gage Canning (OF), Jake Irvin (SP) and Tomas Alastre (SP).



Salem Red Sox

A couple pitchers, Denyi Reyes and Zach Schellenger that were expected to begin the year with Salem, were promoted to Portland.  Reyes pitched 32 innings for Salem at the end of 2018 after an outstanding season for Greenville.  Schellenger is an often injured power relief prospect that only threw 10 innings for Greenville, but is apparently on a far track.

Who is in?

Bryan Mata (SP), Jarren Duran (OF), Marina Campana (OF), Kutter Crawford (SP) and Jhonathan Diaz (SP).

Who is not?

Denyi Reyes (SP) and Zach Schellenger (RP).  Roldani Baldwin (C) is not listed on any roster and no reports of any injury.



Winston Salem Dash

It is likely best to watch the Dash early in the year.  Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert might be the two best prospect in the Carolina League and both are likely to be in Birmingham before too long. Tyler Johnson was expected to be promoted to Birminham after a dominate season in 2018 out of the Kannapolis and Winston Salem bullpen. 

Who is here?

Nick Madrigal (2B), Luis Robert (OF), Alec Hansen (SP), Tyler Frost (OF), Lincoln Henznman (SP) and Tyler Johnson (RP).

Who is not? 

Steele Walker (OF), Jake Burger (3B), Konnor Pilkington (SP), Jonathan Stiever (SP) and Luis Curbelo (SS) are candidates to join the Dash later in the year.


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