The rosters have been finalized for both AA and HighA, while the starting rotations for the other 2 clubs have been noted by Evan Grant. I have updated the system roster accordingly.
Low A consequences: Villanueva wins a spot in Low A; Braden Tullis and Nick McBride not in roto to begin season
HighA Notables: Santiago Chirino Hill, Jared Hoying, Ryan Strausborger and Mike Olt skip lowA; Matt Thompson, ODLS, and Andy Doyle MIA; Kiker still getting chances; Gomez and Bell start in pen.
AA Notables: Lemon MIA; Osuna repeats; Mendonca promoted; Robinzon Diaz retained; JJ Ruiz does not start in AAA; Morrison, Sarmiento, and Castillo start on DL; Bleier is rehabbing but is not currently on the DL
AAA consequences: nice veteran lineup; horrible veteran bullpen; 3 legit prospects in the roto
Kevin Goldstein says that Marcus Lemon has been traded for a PTBNL.
Scott Lucas has Kevin Castner as "retired" on his roster - haven't heard that from anyone else. I think Cole noted that he was pitching on the back fields only a few weeks ago. Lucas also notes that TK Ahn has been released (finally).
I noted in the Fall that both D-Gut and Miggy V were candidates to be released in the off-season. D-Gut has been released per Jason Cole. Miggy V was not invited to spring training to my knowledge and remains on the suspended/restricted list - there is still time. Hopefully Texas just makes it a first principle to avoid wasting time with these types in the future, or at least, choose to stick to their draft rhetoric: "we are only interested in high makeup guys..." Wait, they did sign the PEDS-suspended Omar Quintanilla so first principles will only take you so far it seems...
The SWST has noted a few more minor leaguers who have been released:
Koncel, Meiners, Nelo, Taubenheim
The last one of note was another headcase who was suspended for PEDS last year and another who I predicted was a candidate for release: Christian Santana.
Still waiting on Hickory to release their roster. The rosters for the other three clubs have been set. Jason Cole confirms that OF Salvador Sanchez is converting to the mound, a possiblity that I noted at the time of his signing due to his age (25.5), size (6.6/195) and the Rangers general proclivity to do this sort of thing.
Scott Lucas _might_ think that T-Mart and David Herrera will debut with the Crawdads. That would be cool. I'm willing to finally put my man crush on Edwin "Easy Eddie" Garcia on the back burner in service to the cause of Herrera, Chirino, T-Mart and Villanueva (but not Leury). I also hope that Telis gets a chance to start in Hickory (rather than in extended) as he simply has to have as many innings behind the plate as possible after missing a season of development there due to his TJ surgery.