Jason Cole of LonestarDugout.com has recently posted the Extended Spring Training rosters for the AZL and DSL facilities. You can access them without a subscription so please go over there and check them out, and while there, root around on the homepage and the archives for free articles and interviews, and subscribe even...
Ok, so I'm not breakin' any official news here, just analyzing the rosters, but I will break them down into certain categories, with country of origin (where known), and let you draw your own conlcusions. It is likely that the DSL roster is incomplete and that three 08 signs in particular might be assigned there before their season(s) commence. Ok with that caveat here we go.
AZL Roster composition: 43 active; 8 DL
AZL DL Squad:
Lueke, Joe Torres, Slusarz, KRich, NeRa, Gutsie, Miller, Santana
DSL Roster composition: 54 active (Probably 30 for DSL1, 24 for DSL2)
US and Australian Players on the DSL roster who will likely be moved to the Spokane or AZL rosters once their seasons begin:
Ben Henry(A-), P, US; A.Thompson(AZL), P, AUS; M.Stanford(A-), P, AUS
Latin American Players Who should be on the EXT/AZL or Hickory rosters rather than on the DSL roster:
Jairo Valdez (EXT), 1B/OF, DR; Miggie de los Santos (EXT or Hickory), P, DR
Latin American Players of note not currently on the DSL roster likely to debut in the AZL:
Juan Polanco, OF, DR; "Ace" Ventura, OF, DR
DSL Players who could be reassigned to the AZL roster before the end of the season:
A.Mendoza, SP, DR; M.Munoz, RP, DR; D.Peralta, RP, DR; E.Rosendo, RP, VZ; , K. de Leon, RP, DR; O de los Santos, RP, (??); Y.Yan, RP, DR
Latin American Players of note not currently on the DSL roster:
Santiago Chirino(08 sign-DSL), SS, (VZ); Hector Martinez(o8 sign), OF, (DR); Wilson Ventura (07 sign), 2b, (DR); Roan Salas, inf, (VZ)
OK, so, given all of this information, keeping in mind that the DSL roster is still in flux for a number of reasons, and also noting that there are almost 20 more Dominican players on the DSL squad not mentioned above (see my roster for a full list), which Dominican players do you think are the ones most likely enmeshed in "Age Gate '09"?
My guesses back when the issue first surfaced were as follows:
Juan Grullon, Miguel Munoz, Denny Peralta, Ezequiel Rijo, Ariel Ventura, Edwin Garcia, F.Mendoza
Grullon, Zeke, Yan and Eddie are in the clear. If there is anyone else that you know to be in the clear (via whatever source), feel free to note that in the comments section.
UPDATE, 4/10, 6pm: Cole notes that Escobar _is_ in AZL Extended. Berkey has retired and remains as a scout in the org while he thinks that Cobb has been released (though I myself have not seen any "official" news release anywhere). Miguel Velasquez is still on the suspended list though I'm not sure why TX doesn't simply release him. The entry has been edited to reflect these changes.