Team to watch
Right-hander Tyler Kolek consistently threw his fastball 100 mph or more leading up to the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, making him one of the hardest throwers in Draft history. He will begin his first full professional season with Class A Greensboro. Kolek, 19, is one of seven teenagers on the Grasshoppers roster. Among the others are 18-year-old outfielder Isael Soto, who ranked second in the Gulf Coast League with seven home runs last season, and 19-year-old shortstop Justin Twine, a second-round pick in the 2014 Draft.
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New Orleans Zephyrs
Moving on up
The bulk of the team that won the Southern League championship last season has moved up together to Triple-A New Orleans to start this year. Catcher J.T. Realmuto is set to anchor the lineup and manage a pitching staff that is again fronted by left-hander Justin Nicolino, the 2014 Southern League Pitcher of the Year, and right-hander Jose Urena, who ranked second in the circuit in strikeouts, WHIP and wins.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.