I feel like Smith has to be in this group. Tough call with Stowers, Zimmerman, and Bannon all 18-21 last year. I could see Zimmerman slipping slightly due to poor MLB debut, albeit very small sample, which also followed on meh AAA numbers in 2019. Both MLB and OH had Stowers ahead of Bannon. I don't particularly like it but I guess Stowers-Smith for me.
Next years second baseman SHOULD be either Bannon (because why not?) or a player who is currently not in the organization.
The job of Elias this offseason should be to make some moves to acquire better ML ready IF talent.
I am really interested to see what this guy does. Matt Blood really hyped him up in his interview about the alternate camp site, mentioning him as right up there with Rodriguez, Hall and Baumann. If that proves correct, then he’s going to move way up in the rankings next year. But I can’t blame Tony for taking Blood’s comments with a grain of salt, either. Definitely a player to watch in 2021.
Wilkerson is a platoon player vs righties. He doesn't hit lefties well. 2B and 1B are his best positions though he does not hit well enough to be anything but a backup at 1B. Roch mentioned the possibility of an expanded roster in 2021 which is Wilkerson's best chance to stick in the majors. The outfield is crowded pushing him to the infield. He has options and is able to move up and down to AAA and the majors. That is probably his role if roster expansion does not happen.
Alberto, Valaika, Urias, Wilkerson and Bannon are all in the 2B mix. Iglesias with Velazquez being the best backup at SS. Ruiz and Alberto are the best defensively at 3B and adding Wilkerson does not change that.
How many games will the owners want to play without fans in the stands? How many will be on the roster? Are Alberto and Nunez be offered arbitration? All that plays into what chance Wilkerson has to make the majors.