I recently asked Ricky Bennett, the Stros Asst. GM and Farm Director, if James Barthmaier, Troy Patton, Hunter Pence, and Ben Zobrist would start the year in AA Corpus. I wanted to know because I was planning a trip to Corpus at the beginning of the season. He said all would start at High A next season. The only good explanation was that Zobrist tweaked his miniscus and is rehabbing all winter. I am a fan of moving guys slow because you want their best 6 years of play from them, but If he was not just blowing smoke I am disappointed.
I fully expect all the guys to progress levels this year, but why not challenge at least your true cream of the crop.
- Are any of your favorite organizations doing the same to their best prospects? eg.
- If you feel like grading or commenting about these 4 please do. They are my 4 favorite young Astros and I would like to compare grades.