2016 Chattanooga Lookouts Preview: Team returns plenty of championship faces

Levi Michael will be back at second base for this season's Chattanooga Lookouts, who last year won their first Southern League championship since 1988.

In their first season as the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Chattanooga Lookouts captured their first Southern League championship since 1988.

Last year's opening day roster was headed by the top three prospects in the Twins organization - Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Jose Berrios - but those and other key performers such as league MVP Max Kepler have advanced up the ranks.

So now what?

"We still feel like we're going to have a good team in Chattanooga," Minnesota player development director Brad Steil said late last week, "because I think we're pretty balanced throughout the top four levels of our system."

The 2016 Lookouts will play Chattanooga State in an exhibition at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday at AT&T Field before beginning defense of their league title Thursday in Biloxi, Miss.