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Prospects Make Up Large Portion Of 40-Man Roster Spots



Right now, teams in Arizona and Florida are holding mini camps at their minor league complexes. Hitters are taking batting practice, pitchers are throwing bullpens and prospects as a whole are warming up before backfield games begin in mid March.

This all should be occurring in the shadow of games in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, but Major League Baseball’s lockout of its players is still ongoing. Big league spring training cannot begin until the lockout is lifted, and reports say that if it does not happen by Feb. 28, regular-season games will be canceled.

The minor league season will play on as scheduled—Triple-A opens on April 5 and the rest of the full-season leagues begin on April 8—but that does not mean they will be unaffected by the lockout.

Until an agreement is reached, no players on a team’s 40-man roster can access team facilities, which means that plenty of players will miss out on innings and at-bats they sorely need. Moreover, teams will have to figure out how to fill the roster spots of 40-man players who would normally begin the season in the minors.

The problem is going to be especially stark in Triple-A, where fringe big leaguers and prospects usually play until they are needed in the big leagues. That means teams may have to sign more players out of independent or partner leagues to fill the holes until the lockout is lifted, or assign players more aggressively than they would under normal circumstances.

The number of prospect-eligible players—by BA standards that means no more than 130 at-bats for hitters or 50 innings or 30 games for pitchers—on 40-man rosters is significant. Of the 1,200 possible spots, 389 are occupied by prospect-eligible players.

There are some extremely high-caliber prospects among that group, including three of the top 10 on BA’s Top 100 Prospects—the Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez, the Rays’ Shane Baz and the Blue Jays’ Gabriel Moreno—and 35 of the Top 100 overall.

That’s 35 of the best prospects in the sport missing out on valuable chances (to say nothing of the missed paychecks) to prove themselves and get one step closer to the big leagues, while hundreds more will lose opportunities to improve and possibly put themselves into the conversation for the game’s elite young talent.

The minor leagues will play on no matter how long the owners keep the players locked out, but that doesn’t mean the games will be unaffected.

National League

D-BACKS
J.B. Bukauskas
Zack Burdi
Luis Frias
Tyler Gilbert
Corbin Martin
Humberto Mejia
Kyle Nelson
Edwin Uceta
Ryan Weiss
Jose Herrera
Seth Beer
Drew Ellis
Geraldo Perdomo
Stuart Fairchild
Cooper Hummel
Jake McCarthy
ROCKIES
Yoan Aybar
Noah Davis
Ryan Feltner
Julian Fernandez
Lucas Gilbreath
Ashton Goudeau
Justin Lawrence
Helcris Olivarez
Ryan Rolison
Jordan Sheffield
Elehuris Montero
Ezequiel Tovar
Alan Trejo
Colton Welker
Ryan Vilade
PADRES
Pedro Avila
Michel Baez
Efrain Contreras
MacKenzie Gore
Javy Guerra
Ray Kerr
Adrian Martinez
Adrian Morejon
James Norwood
Robert Suarez
Steven Wilson
Luis Campusano
Eguy Rosario
DODGERS
Justin Bruihl
Garrett Cleavinger
Michael Grove
Andre Jackson
Darien Nuñez
Mitchell White
Jacob Amaya
Eddys Leonard
Jorbit Vivas
James Outman
Luke Raley
GIANTS
Kervin Castro
Camilo Doval
Hunter Harvey
Sean Hjelle
Sammy Long
Randy Rodriguez
Gregory Santos
Joey Bart
Jason Vosler
Jaylin Davis
Heliot Ramos
PIRATES
Blake Cederlind
Roansy Contreras
Eric Hanhold
Max Kranick
Luis Oviedo
Miguel Yajure
Diego Castillo
Rodolfo Castro
Oneil Cruz
Tucupita Marcano
Hoy Park
Liover Peguero
Jared Oliva
Canaan Smith-Njigba
Jack Suwinski
Travis Swaggerty
CUBS
Cory Abbott
Scott Effross
Anderson Espinoza
Brailyn Marquez
Tommy Nance
Ethan Roberts
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Alexander Vizcaino
Miguel Amaya
Christopher Morel
Alfonso Rivas
Alexander Canario
Greg Deichmann
Nelson Velazquez
REDS
Alexis Diaz
Daniel Duarte
James Marinan
Dauri Moreta
Riley O’Brien
Reiver Sanmartin
Tony Santillan
Jared Solomaon
Mark Kolozsvary
Jose Barrero
Alejo Lopez
Allan Cerda
TJ Friedl
CARDINALS
Freddy Pacheco
Johan Quezada
Angel Rondon
Brandon Waddell
Jake Walsh
Kodi Whitley
Ivan Herrera
Ali Sanchez
Brendan Donovan
Edmundo Sosa
Juan Yepez
Lars Nootbaar
BREWERS
Aaron Ashby
Alec Bettinger
Jake Cousins
Dylan File
Angel Perdomo
Miguel Sanchez
Justin Topa
Mario Feliciano
Brett Sullivan
Corey Ray
NATIONALS
Joan Adon
Gerardo Carrillo
Josiah Gray
Gabe Klobosits
Evan Lee
Patrick Murphy
Francisco Perez
Seth Romero
Jhon Romero
Riley Adams
Tres Barrera
Keibert Ruiz
Yasel Antuna
Lucius Fox
Donovan Casey
PHILLIES
Hans Crouse
Bailey Falter
Damon Jones
James McArthur
Francisco Morales
Scott Moss
Nick Nelson
JoJo Romero
Cristopher Sanchez
Rafael Marchan
Donny Sands
Garrett Stubbs
Luis Garcia
Nick Maton
Luke Williams
Simon Muzziotti
Jhailyn Ortiz
Matt Vierling
MARLINS
Edward Cabrera
Paul Campbell
Daniel Castano
Braxton Garrett
Sean Guenther
Louis Head
Jordan Holloway
Cody Poteet
Sixto Sanchez
Nick Fortes
Payton Henry
Jose Devers
Jerar Encarnacion
BRAVES
Tucker Davidson
Dylan Lee
Alan Rangel
Spencer Strider
Freddy Tarnok
Brooks Wilson
William Woods
Chadwick Tromp
Cristian Pache
Drew Waters
METS
Jose Butto
Yennsy Diaz
Adam Oller
Jake Reed
Antonio Santos
Thomas Szapucki
Patrick Mazeika
Travis Blankenhorn
Ronny Mauricio
Mark Vientos
Khalil Lee
Nick Plummer
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Here Are The Top 100 Prospects Affected By The MLB Lockout

Here is a list of all 37 Top 100 Prospects who are on 40-man rosters and will not be able to play or train with their teams until the owners lift the lockout.

American League

RAYS
Shane Baz
Calvin Faucher
Brendan McKay
Tommy Romero
Rene Pinto
Ford Proctor
Jonathan Aranda
Taylor Walls
Vidal Brujan
Josh Lowe
RED SOX
Eduard Bazardo
Brayan Bello
Kutter Crawford
Jay Groome
Connor Seabold
Josh Winckowski
Ronaldo Hernandez
Connor Wong
Jeter Downs
Hudson Potts
Jarren Duran
Jeisson Rosario
YANKEES
Albert Abreu
Deivi Garcia
Luis Gil
Yoendrys Gomez
Ron Marinaccio
Luis Medina
Stephen Ridings
Clarke Schmidt
JP Sears
Oswaldo Cabrera
Oswald Peraza
Estevan Florial
Everson Pereira
BLUE JAYS
Anthony Castro
Hagen Danner
Bowden Francis
Zach Logue
Julian Merryweather
Nate Pearson
Tayler Saucedo
Kirby Snead
Alejandro Kirk
Gabriel Moreno
Leo Jimenez
Otto Lopez
Kevin Smith
Josh Palacios
ORIOLES
Bryan Baker
Mike Baumann
Felix Bautista
Kyle Bradish
Logan Gillaspie
DL Hall
Joey Krehbiel
Zac Lowther
Isaac Mattson
Kevin Smith
Alexander Wells
Rylan Bannon
Jahmai Jones
Terrin Vavra
Yusniel Diaz
Tyler Nevin
GUARDIANS
Cody Morris
Tobias Myers
Konnor Pilkington
Trevor Stephan
Carlos Vargas
Bryan Lavastida
Gabriel Arias
Ernie Clement
Tyler Freeman
Nolan Jones
Richie Palacios
Brayan Rocchio
Jose Tena
Steven Kwan
George Valera
WHITE SOX
Jason Bilous
Jimmy Lambert
Anderson Severino
Bennett Sousa
Jonathan Stiever
Jake Burger
Romy Gonzalez
Micker Adolfo
Blake Rutherford
ROYALS
Ronald Bolaños
Jonathan Bowlan
Dylan Coleman
Jon Heasley
Jackson Kowar
Daniel Lynch
Collin Snider
Gabe Speier
Daniel Tillo
Nathan Webb
Angel Zerpa
MJ Melendez
Sebastian Rivero
Maikel Garcia
Nick Pratto
Emmanuel Rivera
Kyle Isbel
TWINS
Jordan Balazovic
Jhoan Duran
Blayne Enlow
Ralph Garza Jr.
Jovani Moran
Joe Ryan
Cole Sands
Drew Strotman
Chris Vallimont
Josh Winder
Ben Rortvedt
Royce Lewis
Jose Miranda
Gilberto Celestino
TIGERS
Angel De Jesus
Miguel Del Pozo
Alex Faedo
Jason Foley
Rony Garcia
Elvin Rodriguez
Joey Wentz
Kody Clemens
MARINERS
Matt Brash
Aaron Fletcher
Joey Gerber
Wyatt Mills
Juan Then
Jose Godoy
Kevin Padlo
Donovan Walton
Julio Rodriguez
Alberto Rodriguez
ANGELS
Cooper Criswell
Reid Detmers
Jhonathan Diaz
Janson Junk
Jose Marte
Packy Naughton
Oliver Ortega
Elvis Peguero
Chris Rodriguez
Kyle Tyler
Andrew Wantz
Austin Warren
Brendon Davis
ATHLETICS
Domingo Acevedo
Wandisson Charles
Grant Holmes
Brent Honeywell
Daulton Jefferies
Jorge Juan
Sam Moll
AJ Puk
Austin Allen
Nick Allen
Jonah Bride
Jordan Diaz
Vimael Machin
Luis Barrera
Skye Bolt
Cody Thomas
RANGERS
A.J. Alexy
Brock Burke
DeMarcus Evans
Ronny Henriquez
Glenn Otto
Yerry Rodriguez
Nick Snyder
Ricky Vanasco
Sam Huff
Sherten Apostel
Ezequiel Duran
Zach Reks
ASTROS
Shawn Dubin
Tyler Ivey
Seth Martinez
Jairo Solis
Peter Solomon
Forrest Whitley
Taylor Jones
Jeremy Peña
Joe Perez
Jose Siri
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