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The Daily Chop: Spring Training changes, 2021 Mock Draft and more

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Lower level minor league teams will have a delayed start to the 2021 season.

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Over the last week reports have surfaced that the league and players are planning on reporting to spring training on time and at least tentatively, having a normal regular season. While that could certainly change at any point between now and mid-February, a report by Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper revealed that spring training will not be normal.

Cooper reports that the current plan is for Major League and Triple-A players to report in mid-February. Double-A and below would not report until after the first group have left camp. That will result in a delayed start to the minor league season for Double-A, High-A and Low-A teams in 2021.

The reasoning in the name of player safety as it would be very difficult to house full organizational rosters while dealing with Covid-19 safety protocols. It remains to be seen what the plan would be should Major League spring training or the regular season pushed back which would likely lead to a shortening of the minor league system.

The important takeaway is that this situation is going to remain fluid up through the start of camp and things could change a moment’s notice.

Braves News

The second part of our preseason Top 30 prospect list went up on Tuesday and included four pitchers and a pair of interesting hitters.

If you are wondering what life was like at the Braves’ alternate training site at Gwinnett in 2020, The Athletic’s David O’Brien takes you inside with thoughts from Atlanta assistant GM Ben Sestanovich.

Baseball America released its first Mock Draft of 2021 and projected Kansas State left-hander Jordan Wicks to the Braves with pick No. 24.

Hank Aaron, Andrew Young and Louis Sullivan received COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday in hopes of sending a message to fellow Americans that the shots are safe.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tells the story of the final stop of Babe Ruth’s storied career.

Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones picked up another vote as The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal revealed his Hall of Fame ballot. Jones is now at +15 for this cycle per and has appeared on just over 44% of the ballots per the Hall of Fame tracker.

MLB News

Japanese free agent pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano may elect not to sign with a Major League club and may return to Japan to play for the Yomiuri Giants next season reports ESPN’s Jeff Passon.

The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement with outfielder Robbie Grosman on a two-year, $10 million deal.

The Nationals, Diamondbacks and Mets are among the teams that are expected to attend free agent Corey Kluber’s showcase on January 13.