The Cal League season opens next Thursday. Usually, it’s several days after the big leaguers start, but this time the Cal League actually opens before some big league teams, like the Angels, who open on Friday. The 66ers open at the Quakes on April 5.
No rosters are out yet but Here are some possibilities of players it would be interesting to see:
- QUAKES: They could boast one of the most prospect-laden starting rotations of any team in the minors. Zach Lee, a 20-year-old right-hander and the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, will likely be with the Quakes. Also possibly in their starting rotation are No. 5 Chris Reed (who pitched for the Quakes at the end of last year), No. 6 Garrett Gould and No. 12 Angel Sanchez.
- 66ERS: The team’s top prospect from the Angels’ system could be No. 5 C.J. Cron, a first baseman who was the team’s first-round pick last year. He hit 13 homers in 143 at bats in his pro debut. Promising outfielders Travis Witherspoon (No. 15) and Randal Grichuk (No. 17), who joined the 66ers in August last year, could be back.
- MAVERICKS: The one player many area fans will be anxious to see if he is on the team is Yucaipa High product Taijuan Walker. Walker, a 6-foot-4 19-year-old right-hander, is ranked as the Mariners’ No. 1 prospect after going 6-5 with 2.89 ERA and 113 strikeotus in 97 innings at low Single-A last year. He could, however, skip the level and go straight to Double-A.