You don't usually see a lot of promotions in the first two months of the season. So far this year we've seen a few relief pitchers promoted up a level, but none of the top prospects moving up through the system. In the past, a lot of the promotions start in June, not long after the short-season leagues begin. Looking over the rosters, here is one player from each team who should be a candidate for a promotion to the next level by the end of June, assuming they continue their recent success.

Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis Indians - When it comes to Triple-A, promotions aren't solely based on performance. You also need an open spot in the majors. The Pirates have seen great pitching this year, which is holding back guys like Owens and Jeff Locke from moving up, and is keeping Brad Lincoln ...

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