This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Even as storms battered the northeast over the past couple of weeks, the smell of baseball remained on the horizon. I have vivid memories of Andy Pettitte pitching in snow flurries in Cleveland 20 some-odd years ago. As they say, the show must go on. The season of renewal is upon us, and every team (except for the Marlins) feels the hope of the 2018 campaign.
When will we see No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna? The latest sensation sweeping the nation, Acuna slashed an absurd .432/.519/.727 with four home runs and four steals in 16 spring games before being sent down to the minors. He will only stay there for a short time, specifically until April 13, so that the Braves can gain an extra year of control. As a result, Acuna will likely be coming to a ballpark near you before Cinco de Mayo.
In the first edition of this year's Minor League Barometer, we'll take a look at some other players that could make an impact at the big league level to begin 2018.
Lewis Brinson, OF, MIA – One of the worst kept secrets in baseball this spring was that Brinson would be the starting center fielder for the Marlins on Opening Day. After all, the Marlins traded their entire outfield from last year's team, jettisoning Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich in what new CEO Derek Jeter has termed a "build" (not rebuild). Sure, the Fish could have kept Brinson down