This is part two of a four-part preview of the Pacific Coast League. This part covers the Pacific Conference’s North Division. The South Division preview can be found here. All prospect rankings are from Baseball America.
The vast realignment of the PCL this season has seen the Sacramento River Cats, longtime rulers of the Pacific South, moved to the Pacific North.
That does mean it will be the end of the River Cats' seemingly perpetual rule of their surroundings.
Since coming into existence in 2000, Sacramento has won its division 11 times in a 14-year span.
The River Cats are hardly a lock to make it 12 in 15, though, as old nemesis Fresno will be part of the new division, along with holdovers Reno and Tacoma.
The best prospects in the division, however, are on the other teams besides Sacramento, led by Aces right-hander Archie Bradley, who is ranked No. 9 overall among Baseball America's top 100 prospects. Fresno left-hander Edwin Escobar (No. 56) is the only other member of the top 100 in the division.
For the most part, it will be the veterans who will decide the Pacific North this season. Click on the slideshow for a breakdown of the four teams.