More than a month after the start of the season in major baseball, the action will take off early next week in smaller leagues, and more young Quebecers will soon know the goal.
The Toronto Blue Jays organization has already announced that Otto Lopez will start the season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at AA level. The young Jean-Christophe Masson, who is only 18 years old, risks for his part staying temporarily with rookies, ie Blue Jays of Dunedin, in the Gulf Coast League.
Following the cancellation of the minor league in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all clubs find themselves mainly with four teams to develop hope (AAA, AA, A +, A-), for a total of 120 training sessions.
While Abraham Toro will logically join Skeeters of Sugar Land, a subsidiary of the Houston Astros at the AAA level, Charles Leblanc is still waiting for confirmation of his debut at the same level with the Round Rock Express, in the Rangers of Texas organization.
Benjamin Pelletier, who is one of the hopes of the Philadelphia Phillies, can continue his development with Clearwater Threshers, at A-low level, according to the information obtained.
Finally, Édouard Julien, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday, will soon know more about the Minnesota Twins, whose two A-caliber clubs are in Cedar Rapids (A +) and Fort Myers (A-).
Walking Franco at AAA level
The next few days will also bring the main league to the main prospects of baseball.
Among them, Dominican Wander Franco, ranked first by the MLB Pipeline, will jump with the Durham Bulls, AAA-level school club in the Tampa Bay Rays.
Another player to watch: Jasson Dominguez, who is considered the main prospect for the organization of the New York Yankees. In his case, the 18-year-old Dominican outfielder will debut in the minor leagues after securing $ 5.1 million as an international prospect in 2019. His destination has not yet been confirmed for the start of the season.