Good afternoon prospect watchers. Here is today's threat to discuss spring training news from Florida and Arizona, and to jabber about prospects and minor league players. Items of interest today:
***The St. Louis Cardinals have named prospect Shelby Miller as their fifth starter. Dan Moore at Viva El Birdos asks if he will be better than Kyle Lohse.
***The Miami Marlins are trying to sell tickets on Groupon. That's so 2010.
***Connor Moylan asks if the playoff hopes of the Kansas City Royals lie on the shoulders of Eric Hosmer.
***Pitching prospect Brandon Maurer threw five shutout innings for the Seattle Mariners yesterday. More about him later today in a Prospect Note.
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***Crazy Predictions for 2013 Part Two, brought to you by Dr. Simon van Gelder.
***Aaron Hicks has a job for the Minnesota Twins. Should the Boston Red Sox do the same with Jackie Bradley, Jr? Mike Mulvenna says no at Beyond the Boxscore.