The minor league season gets started tomorrow, which means starting Friday morning I’ll be bring all of you a daily dose of “Last Night on the Farm”, and I couldn’t be more excited to do so. All of the official rosters aren't out just yet, but Adam Rubin has the projected rosters HERE
. Below are a few thoughts I have upon seeing each roster. Buffalo Bisons Las Vegas 51sI’m not sure what a “51” is and I don’t care enough to look it up, so please don’t ask. As for the roster, Zack Wheeler headlines the pitching staff, and we’ll obviously be paying close attention to each of his starts, much like we did with Matt Harvey last year. Collin McHugh, Robert Carson, Gonzalez Germen, and Armando Rodriguez are also pitchers we’ll keep an eye on. The infield for Las Vegas is quite crowded with Wilmer Flores, Reese Havens, Zach Lutz, Omar Quintanilla, Josh Satin, Brandon Hicks, and Brian Bixler, so it’ll be interesting to see how playing time is divided. The key points here are Havens, who is now off the 40-man roster but is finally getting a shot at AAA, and Flores, who will be one of the youngest players in AAA at just 21 years old. We’ll also watch catcher Travis d’Arnaud closely. In the outfield, Juan Lagares will see AAA for the first time and will play centerfield everyday until Matt den Dekker comes back from injury. With Lagares, Flores, d’Arnaud, and Lutz the Las Vegas lineup looks good, but the pitching staff is a little suspect, especially when you factor in the hitter-friendly PCL and thin Vegas air. Binghamton MetsThe B-Mets pitching staff looks pretty good, with Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni and Darin Gorski (who’s now off the 40-man) as the guys to watch, but Tyler Pill, Logan Verrett, and Erik Goeddel shouldn’t be overlooked either, which gives them a real nice six-man rotation. The B-Mets will also have a trio of LOOGY’s to watch in Chase Huchingson, Adam Kolarek, and Jack Leathersich; all three have at least the potential to move as quickly to the big leagues as Josh Edgin did, although expectations should be tempered a bit. The Binghamton outfield is incredibly intriguing with Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Alonzo Harris, and Darrell Ceciliani. Puello and Ceciliani may not be ready for AA, but both need a big season. Vaughn is also about to start a make or break season for his career, and Harris will be interesting to watch after exploding in 2012. Danny Muno and Wilfredo Tovar, who will make up the B-Mets middle infield, are the only two infielders worth watching. Also, the catching trio of Juan Centeno, Blake Forsythe, and Francisco Pena is worth keeping an eye on. As far as team performance goes, the pitching staff should be solid, possibly better, but there’s no telling how good the lineup will be. St. Lucie MetsMichael Fulmer will start the season on the disabled list, but Noah Syndergaard and Domingo Tapia will highlight the rotation, which will be strong and deep with Jacob deGrom and Hansel Robles also in the mix. The bullpen will not be quite as strong, with mostly organizational fillers. Catcher Albert Cordero is hoping for a bounce back year after an atrocious 2012. He will share catching duties with Cam Maron. Aderlin Rodriguez and Matt Reynolds will make up the left side of the infield, and those two should be worth watching. In the outfield, Gilbert Gomez is an intriguing guy to watch. We’ll also see if Travis Taijeron can do better in St. Lucie than he did the second half of last season. I wouldn’t expect a lot of runs from this team, but they have the starting staff for the Lucies to get back to the playoffs if the bullpen is able to hold up. Savannah Sand GnatsThe Gnats, as usual, have an interesting rotation with Matt Bowman, Gabriel Ynoa, Steen Matz, Rainey Lara, Logan Taylor, Matt Koch, and Luis Cessa. All those guys except Matz had good seasons in Brooklyn last year, while Matz will finally get a chance in full-season ball, hopefully he can stay healthy. Julian Hilario is a hard thrower out of the bullpen; Paul Sewald and Bret Mitchell are also relievers to watch. In charge of the rotation will be catcher Kevin Plawecki, who should be familiar with all the guys that were in Brooklyn last summer. Plawecki, if things go well, should be in line to move to St. Lucie midseason. Phillip Evans will play shortstop everyday and Jayce Boyd will play first base, as the two infielders to watch in Savannah. Brandon Nimmo highlights the Savannah outfield, and we will obviously be paying close attention to his season in Savannah as the everyday center fielder. He will be flanked by Eudy Pina and Stefan Sabol. Just like last year, the Gnats will pitch, but they may not hit.