People often wonder what goes in to the decision on where a prospect plays.  Sometimes it's hard to see why Prospect X wound up at AA instead of AAA, or why Prospect Y is at High-A when it seemed as though Low-A was the better fit.Sometimes factors might not be quite so obvious as they may initially appear, and may in fact have little to do with the baseball diamond.  It's not uncommon for pitchers that an organization wants to protect to get skipped past the California League and it's decidedly hostile environment for pitchers. Of course, the other, off-field environmental factors to the California League can be just as big a factor to some organizations.  Fact is, a lot of the towns in the Cal League aren't great places to spend time in, and that can be a problem for...

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