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Every broadcast camera angle and where to watch who, when, in 2022

If you’re new or old to watching minors, navigating and perusing where to watch who and when can be a tricky proposition. The following can help.

Taking stabs at opening day minor league rosters is a fool’s errand, luckily, you got a fool trying here. (Keep tuned to @PLMiLBAlert on Twitter, where we’re doing our best to keep abreast to promotions and the like.) Players associated with teams below are complete speculation on my part, some I feel quite confident will start the season where I slot them, others far less so. Also included are big names who may come through at some point in the season, and some lesser names I’m interested in catching.

Starting in 2021, the scheduling format shifted to week-long, six-game series heavily weighted to intra-division matchups, which makes for some interesting dynamics, but for us viewers, it made things trickier in the lower levels. There can be long gaps between broadcasts of your favorite player or teams down there, with a possibility of not being able to view a team at all. We’ll help with that when we get there.

Being a prospect writer with a natural inclination to dig around the mud and catch decent centerfield camera angles, I spend more time watching lower levels. Triple-A tends to be my least-watched level, as it’s full of former major leaguers, higher-end prospects getting ready to make the last jump, and overall less new things to discover. Yet it is very good baseball to watch. Many might say double-A is the best mix of fun prospecting and good baseball.

Things can most definitely change, there are rumors, but as of now here are the broadcast teams and views per 2021.

 

The Upper Levels (AAA & AA)

 

All 60 upper-level teams broadcast home games with varying degrees of quality and angles. Finding your favorite team or players to watch won’t be a problem, but there are better and worse places to get looks at pitching, not to mention more or less informative on-screen graphics and more or less enjoyable broadcast booths.

 

Triple-A East League

 

April 5th is opening day here. The 20-team league split into three divisions is scheduled to play a 150 game season with no post-season planned at this juncture, crowning a regular-season champion. Roughly 2/3rds of a team’s games are played within their division, playing some, but not all of the teams outside the division for the rest. There are two three-game series, one after the mid-season break and one at the end of the year, with all other series being six-games. Mondays are off days throughout the minors in 2022.

 

Southeast Division

 

Adley Rutschman, Max Meyer, and Nolan Gorman headline this division, if they are not with the big club. Grayson Rodriguez most likely plays the majority, if not all, of his season here as well.

The video quality here is nice, but angles aren’t ideal. Many of these broadcasts will share velocity readings with the likelihood of getting that info decreasing as you move down levels. Pay attention to the booths though, and they will typically give you some velocities.

 

Northeast Division

 

Gabriel Moreno, Triston Casas, Mark Vientos, and Bryson Stott are the big names here unless they are playing in the bigs. Cade Cavalli may very well spend 2022 here.


Worcester/Scranton Wilkes-Barre


Buffalo/Rochester


Lehigh Valley/Syracuse

Buffalo and Rochester give us some closer angles with Rochester the best in the league.

 

Midwest Division

 

Hard to say for how long or when, but this division should be loaded with big-time prospects on both sides, much as it was at the end of last season, but now maybe adding the likes of Brennen Davis, Jordan Balazovic, Logan Allen, Caleb Kilian and Vinnie Pasquentino to start the season or some point in 2022.


Indianapolis/Omaha


Toledo/St. Paul/Louisville


Iowa/Columbus

More quality video with less than stellar angles. Iowa, Indianapolis, and St. Paul definitely have velocity graphics.

 

Triple-A West League

 

The ten-team West also gets going April 5th playing a 150-game season with no scheduled post-season. Unlike the East, these teams do play everyone in the league, but they do not visit every stadium.

 

East Division

 

This division might be a little light in big-name appeal, but Cole Winn will cut his triple-A teeth here and if Jeremy Pena isn’t with the big club, we’ll get more opportunities to see him here.

 


Sugar Land/Oklahoma City


El Paso/Round Rock/Albuquerque

 

West Division

 

Tacoma (Julio Rodriguez) vs. Reno (Ryne Nelson, Drey Jameson and company) will be fun to watch. Alek Thomas and Zack Gelof will also get their try at some good pitching prospects, particularly Brandon Williamson.

 


Tacoma/Reno/Sacramento


Salt Lake City/Las Vegas

The West is rougher viewing than the East, with Salt Lake City’s standard definition and Las Vegas’ upper deck vantage point really leaving much to be desired.

 

Double-A Central League

 

From here on out, all leagues will be playing a 138 game seasons with playoffs. Regardless of division, the two teams in the league with the best regular-season record will play in a five-game championship series.

Double-A Central scheduling is division heavy but teams do play all nine league-mates during the season. The season kicks off with one of a few three-game series on teams’ ledgers April 8th.

 

North Division

 

Perhaps to start the season or later down the road, Jordan Walker and Andy Pages will get a try against some big-name pitching prospects in this division. Austin Martin probably continues his pro career here to start the season.


Northwest Arkansas/Springfield/Arkansas


Wichita/Tulsa

Not ideal, but Wichita and Tulsa are two of the better broadcasts to watch pitching in the upper levels. Arkansas, with its grainy standard definition, distorted widescreen, and missile strike looking target at home plate is hard to watch.

 

South Division

 

C.J. Abrams headlines this division, but there are some sneaky good players who should be around in 2022. We will see Jack Leiter kickoff 2022 here as well.


San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Frisco


Midland/Amarillo

All in all, this division might be the best for viewing pitchers in the upper levels. Midland is about as good as it gets despite not having the clearest picture.

 

Double-A Northeast League

 

The 12-team Northeast plays an unbalanced division heavy schedule, with only five series played outside of it, and those can double up.

Francisco Alvarez and Nick Yorke, two of the most exciting young bats in the minor leagues could be coming through here, and some good under-the-radar bats might pop-up; Sebastian Espino, Andres Chaparro, and Tyler McDonough.

 


Portland/Binghamton


New Hampshire/Reading


Somerset/Hartford

There is a wide range of quality here for watching pitchers, from horrible Portland, to press box Binghamton, to one of the best in all the minors; Hartford.

 

Southwest Division

 

One of the most star-studded (potentially) divisions in all the minors. Hard to say exactly what the Guardians will do with all their names as their heralded lower-level classes are starting to get to the uppers. Nick Gonzales vs. Daniel Espino will be must-watch for me.


Altoona/Harrisburg/Bowie


Richmond/Akron/Erie

Two more broadcast booth cameras, while those Espino/Gonzales duels will only be decent to watch in Akron. Erie is a gem of a minor league angle for watching pitchers, but you have to deal with some cloudy video throughout the division.

 

Double-A South League

 

This eight-team league mixes it up well schedule-wise with opening day April 8th.

 

South Division

 

Taj Bradley should get a chance to square off against the likes of Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, and Michael Harris at some point here. I’ll be tuning into the curious Brett Wisely often, if/when he arrives.

 


Mississippi/Pensacola


Biloxi/Montgomery

Biloxi is where you go if you want to scout some defense and not much else, while Montgomery’s lack of on-screen graphics makes it a nightmare to hunt around for spots in a game or simply know what the score is.

 

North Division

 

The North might not have a ton of name appeal. Birmingham might hold the most offensive name value. Tennessee will have some exciting young arms on the scene, just not exactly sure when.

 


Tennessee/Birmingham


Chattanooga/Rocket City

Birmingham’s camera operator apparently wears no left shoes, and Chattanooga, with its generic graphic and zoomed out angle may be better served for crowd watching, but there are decent enough views in this league to watch pitchers work.

 

The Lower Levels (A+ & A-)

 

If you want to get the first extended looks at some new players, this is the place for you, particularly low-A ball. As you’ll see, it may take some planning to get eyes on guys you want to see, but there are gems of broadcasts and pitching angles down here.

 

High-A East League

 

Kicking off April 8th, this 12-team league’s unbalanced scheduled is division-heavy, with teams from the South playing an unbalanced schedule of four to five series versus North teams, sometimes doubling up.

 

South Division

 

Joey Estes, Alex Santos, and Jared Jones, three of the more exciting young arms in the minors should spend 2022 here, trying their stuff against higher caliber hitters. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see Santos go up against 2021 number one overall pick Henry Davis, because neither player’s team broadcast. Nick Yorke may very well continue his Greenville stop when the season commences.

Bowling Green, Rome, Greenville, and Winston-Salem are the places to catch games here, so catching Greensboro, Asheville, or Hickory takes some schedule checking.

 


Greenville/Bowling Green


Winston-Salem/Rome

Greenville is the best of the bunch.

 

North Division

 

Anthony Volpe may or may not continue at Hudson Valley to start, but there should be some bigger name bats to watch here; Colton Cowser, Coby Mayo, Austin Wells. Both Aberdeen and Hudson Valley should post some fun lineups, and following Cristian Hernandez on the pitching side has me tuning in.

 


Jersey Shore/Aberdeen


Brooklyn/Hudson Valley

Abderdeen (no booth audio) and Jersey Shore are broadcast booth angles, so Brooklyn and Hudson Valley are the only decent vantage points. Both are some of the better looks in the minors.

 

High-A Central League

 

This twelve-team league takes on the formats of the other twelve-teamers, heavy inner-division, playing some but not all of the other division. Nine of the twelve members broadcast games, but some aren’t very good. Again, April 8th is opening day.

 

West Division

 

At least to start the season, my guess is this division is quite loaded with exciting young talent on both sides. Sal Frelick, Yohendrick Pinango, and Masyn Winn may very well continue there stays here with Eury Perez, Dax Fulton, Jordan Wicks, Asa Lacy, and D.J. Herz all liable to do the same. There are some exciting low-A teams within these organizations who could promote fun names into this league as things move along.

 

 


Quad Cities/Beloit/Cedar Rapids


Peoria/Wisconsin/South Bend

South Bend and Wisconsin are the best angles in this division, while Beloit and Quad Cities are places to go watch defense.

 

East Division

 

Unfortunately we won’t get to see Robert Hassell vs. young Guardian arms, but there’s enough broadcasts to catch who you want with some planning. Great Lakes should have an exciting young lineup including Eddys Leonard, Jorbit Vivas, and maybe Jose Ramos.  The pitching attractions may need to be filled by some 2021 draftees making pro debuts.

 

 


West Michigan/Great Lakes


Dayton/Lansing

Lansing offers a decent look for us.

 

High-A West League

 

Per MiLB.tv Eugene will be broadcasting this season, which is great news for the six-team league that had only one team broadcasting games in 2021.

 


Hillsboro

We’ll see what Eugene looks like, but Hillsboro and it’s artificial turf was our only chance here in the past. Here’s when you can catch the other four teams in parks with broadcasts:

 

Low-A East League

 

This twelve-team league, split in three divisions, should be the 2022 home of some of the most exciting young lineups in the minors.  The schedule is unbalanced, like many other leagues, but only one team (Down East) doesn’t broadcast games. This is going to be a fun year here!

 

South Division

 

Hard to say how the Cubs will line things up in their lower levels, but Myrtle Beach is going to send out some lineups loaded with names; Pete Crow-Armstrong, Reggie Preciedo, Owen Cassie, Ed Howard, James Triantos, Kevin Alcantara, and, who knows….maybe even Cristian Hernandez are Pelicans this season. There will be some very talented young arms in the division as well.

 


Myrtle Beach/Columbia


Augusta/Charleston

Exciting players and great angles (Augusta might be my favorite)….this might be the place to be in 2022.

 

Central Division

 

More exciting young bats to watch, but you’ll have to catch Evan Carter and Maximo Acosta on the road though. Kannapolis should have some young arm talent to go up against the likes of Hedbert Perez, and my White Sox have a few young bats to watch here.

 


Kannapolis/Fayetteville/Carolina

Fayatteville offers us a right-centerfield look that can be fun for catching lefties.

 

North Division

 

More young exciting bats, but the North also has arms I suspect sneak into the mainstream in 2022. Brady House and Marcelo Mayer will get their full season debuts here. The young arms of Wilkelman Gonzalez and Andry Lara will test them. We may finally get a look at the 2020 number two pick, Heston Kjersted here too. You’ll be able to catch all this division’s home games too!

 


Lynchburg/Salem


Fredericksburg/Delmarva

Lynchberg, you don’t really get to see any pitching. Their broadcast will alternate between different booth angles and then the above. If you want to get a look at a lefties swing, it’s nice, but that’s about it. Salem does have a centerfield camera, but you usually get the above, which can be frustrating. I haven’t quite figured out when we get centerfield looks and when we don’t, but it isn’t often.

 

Low-A Southeast League

 

This ten-team league is the most blacked-out league in the minors with only one stadium broadcasting games. Due to an unbalanced schedule, St. Lucie (for the second year in a row) and Daytona won’t be broadcast at all, as they don’t visit Bradenton. Most of the stadiums do provide semi-public Statcast data, but it’s a weak consolation prize.

 

East Division

 

Jupiter and Daytona should have exciting young bats to catch when they visit Bradenton, with St. Lucie providing some young arms to see.

 

West Division

 

Here’s where the Martian, Jasson Dominguez will try his hand again, with Bradenton and Fort Myers containing names on offense.  Clearwater could be packing the one-two punch of Mick Abel and Andrew Painter.

 


Bradenton

Thankfully our one look is a fantastic one. Here’s when teams are rolling through Bradenton:

 

Low-A West League

 

This eight-team league mixes the schedule up and was my personal 2021 favorite. The talent may lean heavy to the offensive side in 2022, but there was exciting baseball played, with breakout players on both sides if the ball in 2021. Hopefully it keeps coming as there’s talent to reload with.

 

North Division

 

Fresno versus San Jose was awesome last year, and there’s still plenty of talent to keep the rivalry going. Benny Montgomery, Adael Amador (when he comes), Harry Ford, Aeverson Arteaga, and Tyler Soderstrom lead the way, with big time college arms probably getting their full-season debuts here.

 


San Jose/Fresno/Modesto

Modesto and San Jose offer the best angles.

 

South Division

 

Visalia has a chance to be one of the most exciting lineups in the minors, while Luis Rodriguez should make his full-season debut here.

 

 


Lake Elsinore/Inland Empire

 

Unfortunate we won’t get to see Visalia square off against Ranch Cucmonga, but there will be chances to see everyone in this league.

Hopefully this helps some, and hopefully we get some upgrades all around the minors!  Happy baseball is back season to all!

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Nate Handy

Nate is an advocate of drafting more pitchers. Originally from the planet Eternia, he aspires to become the Master of the Prospect Universe....or just watch baseball, share observations, and have an enjoyable dialogue about this great game, particularly the young players trying to make the major leagues.

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