Last night I posted part one of my interview with Neal Huntington, and several times throughout the interview he mentioned how upper level decisions could trickle down and impact the placement of players in the lower levels. On Monday, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reported that Jeff Locke and Bryan Morris are slated to return to Altoona for the start of the 2011 season, similar to what each player did at the start of the 2010 season when they returned to high-A.
Locke returning to Altoona isn't a surprise, as he was assigned to the level after being cut from Major League camp. Morris, on the other hand, was optioned to AAA, so his assignment to Altoona reflects a change in the plans from when he was cut from big league camp. There also hasn't been a decision made on Justin Wilson yet, as he is a guy who could also return to Altoona, due to his control issues.
So how do these moves impact the trickle down effect to the lower level...
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