With Soler's injury delaying his development and the plan being something along the lines of:
"Soler returning at some point in August and then playing somewhere this Fall/Winter. Epstein specifically suggested Soler could play in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League to make up for some of the lost at bats. Soler was probably going to play somewhere this Fall/Winter anyway, though, having played so little over the last two years as he defected from Cuba."
I was wondering how much of a difference Fall/Winter ball makes in a player's development. Of course every player develops at his own pace and it isn't a time based thing, but because of the varied experience/talent levels of the players in, say, the Venezuelan league, how comparable is offseason baseball to full season minor league ball?
Soler would have been playing somewhere this offseason anyhow, but if he performs at a very high level (think Valbuena or Gattis 2012 winter league numbers) does he have a chance of beginning next season in Tennessee or is he pretty much pegged for Daytona (to start at least)?