Over the next week I’ll have some updates on some individual players from Prasco Park (and if you support the site on Patreon you’ll get those reports early). But on Friday afternoon, David Bell was asked about when the team may shake things up given some of the struggles. His answer led to him speaking a little bit about some of the guys playing at the alternate site at Prasco Park.
“We have great depth over at Prasco,” said Bell. “We have young players who are getting very close to being able to help us. We’re always looking at that and evaluating what’s best for our team.”
That prompted a follow up question about who he was potentially speaking of “being close”.
“I don’t think it’s any secret at all that Jose Garcia’s an exciting prospect,” Bell said. “Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson – we’ve got a lot of guys at Prasco, a lot of pitching. We’re in really good shape from a depth stand point, and young players who are going to be with us for a long time – and I just mentioned a few of them off of the top of my head. The group at Prasco wouldn’t be there if they weren’t all one step away from helping us. There’s no one there that isn’t that close. A lot of guys are at different points of their career, different points of their development. Especially in a season like this and where we are at any point, any of those players could help us. ”
Since the season started, things are a bit different in how everything is being operated between Great American Ballpark and Prasco Park. Before the regular season began coaches would go spend some time at Prasco, some guys from over there would make their way to Great American Ballpark to work out with the team. The big league staff is certainly still getting plenty of reports on the guys over there – just like they would in a normal year when there was a minor league season happening. The front office, of course, is doing the same. With the trade deadline coming up it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next week-and-a-half if the team doesn’t start putting together wins.