Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 1/16/2014 11:26 PM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I don't remember any team having such strong starting pitching prospects going into AAA ball in one year. How is this for a potential AAA rotation:
That's a nice minor league pitching staff, but ...
The Jackson Generals of the Double A Southern League went into the 2012 season with a rotation that included Brandon Maurer, Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton.
Maurer was named* the Southern League's top pitcher that year before opening the 2013 season in the Seattle rotation. Entering the 2012 season Baseball America ranked Walker No. 20, Hultzen No. 21 and Paxton No. 52 on its Top 100 prospect list.
Baseball America named the Jackson Generals the most talented minor league team on Opening Day 2012:
I had forgotten the Seattle situation Hill. You are exactly right. One of those guys was injured recently wasn't he ( Hultzen maybe? ) but quite a few of those guys like Walker and Paxton probably emerge on the mlb staff this year I would think.
Seattle is emerging!
Hill, did all those guys go into AAA together to start one season?
And Danny Hultzen has undergone a career-threatening shoulder surgery.
Living abroad, I don't pay as much attention to teams out of the AL East. Just a little too hard with baseball happening in the middle of the night for me. I am usually playing catch up with the days events. But I had wondered why Seattle was plunking down money like it is. Looking into it (via what you posted), it looks like they have a definite plan to emerge over the next few years. I know, off topic on the Sox board, but it answered a question I had, so thanks hill.