Well the lovely Kristy Robinson of "Hands off my Pirates Booty" writes that Rob Biertemphel (of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) reports that 8 "top" prospects will start in Indy this season.
Among the players who are "projected to begin their 2011 campaigns" at Indy are eight top prospects: Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens, Andrew Lambo, Alex Presley, Daniel Moskos, Pedro Ciriaco, Matt Hague and Josh Harrison.
I wasn't sure that Morris would start in AAA so this is a bit of a pleasant surprise to me. I fully expected him to start in Altoona but the front office must think he is ready for the challenge. I also wasn't sure if Lambo would make the jump but it appears he has and that too is a good thing as he has already spent two years in AA. It's time that he, and Morris, prove they can be major leaguers and justify their "top" prospect status. I do find it curious that the following names weren't mentioned: D'Arnaud, Wilson, Mercer and Locke. I think Locke could use some more AA time but the others were college draftees from the 08' draft class. While they haven't set the world on fire with the bat they are starting to get a little old for the level.
I would take this all with a grain of salt because Biertempfel did use the word "projected" so I would imagine that the AAA and AA rosters are not close to being set in stone. If nothing else it is good to know that Rudy Owens and Bryon Morris could see time in Pittsburgh this season if they get off to strong starts.