Despite Major League Baseball’s lockout, the minor league baseball season will begin the first week of April. However, some of baseball’s top prospects will not be participating.
Any players on a team’s 40-Man roster are members of the MLBPA union, and are subject to the lockout. Only 26 players are on a Major League roster, so over a dozen stay in the minors throughout the year, making up a significant portion of Triple-A rosters and also some Double-A rosters.
The list of Giants minor league players who are locked out are:
This list contains some players who might have been on the major league roster in 2022, but played a significant portion of their 2021 season in the minors.
The rest of the minor league system may see shifts of players further up the system than they might otherwise have been. Such examples could include players like Will Wilson and R.J. Dabovich, who were expected to have been in Double-A Richmond, instead making a move up to Triple-A. Others who spent much of the season in Low-A, like Marco Luciano and Luis Matos, could end up in Double-A to start the year. And Low-A might see players who otherwise would’ve been in extended Spring Training rushed up to play in real games.
With MLB’s recent decision to delay Opening Day and cancel the first few games of the season, it’s unknown when this situation will end.
The Triple-A season for the Sacramento River Cats begins on Tuesday, April 5th, while the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, High-A Eugene Emeralds, and Low-A San Jose Giants will begin on Friday, April 8th.