Minor League Monitor: Drew Pomeranz Excels, Michael Olt Crushing, A+ Carolina League Review

Rey Navarro leads the Carolina league with a .500 AVG, 18 hits and 29 total bases. He is second with a 1.332 OPS. His minor league career high OPS is .702 so don't expect him to keep it up.

Arodys Vizcaino has kept Carolina League hitters in check so far with a .184 AVG against and 2 walks to 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

Michael Olt leads all Carolina League hitters with a 1.385 OPS. He is also tied for the lead with 8 walks. Olt had a strong season in the Northwest League last year so the 2010 first round pick could be a hot prospect if he continues his solid play. 

Cleveland's big lefty prospect Drew Pomeranz is off to a dazzling start to his pro career. He has struck out an astounding 17 batters in 11 innings and has allowed a mere 3 hits and 2 walks. He has given up 1 unearned run. Last year's fifth overall pick could earn a quick promotion to Double-A and may not be far away from the majors. How long until you think we will be seeing Pomeranz in an Indians uniform?

Ian Gac leads the league with 5 home runs and 12 RBI. Gac had 74 home runs the previous 3 seasons but struggles with the strikeout.

Eury Perez is batting just .156 but has still managed to steal a league leading 6 bases while being caught once.

Leury Garcia has only reached base 9 times this year but has stolen 6 bases in as many attempts.

2010 Northwest League MVP Jared Hoying is off to a strong start with a .316 AVG, 2 HR and 2 SB in 5 games. He has good upside but needs to improve his BB/K ratio.

Baseball America ranked Destin Hood as the Nationals 12th best prospect. He is off to a good start with a .304 AVG with 2 doubles and a triple. He has also improved his plate discipline with 7 walks to 6 Ks.

The Nationals 14th ranked prospect Rick Hague was looking strong before he hit the DL with a shoulder injury. He was batting .357 with 2 doubles, a home run and a steal in 4 games in the hitting starved Carolina League.

Robert Erlin has allowed only 8 baserunners in 10 innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio.

L.J. Hoes has started 2011 in a slump with a .115 AVG. One bright spot is his 5/4 BB/K ratio.

Red Sox #3 prospect Drake Britton has been beat around in his first two starts of the year. He owns a 22.85 ERA in 4.1 innings and has 2 losses.

Kolbrin Vitek is yet to get his bat going. He is hitting .148 with 9 strikeouts in 30 plate appearances.

Robert Ross hasn't allowed a run in 11 innings while striking out the same number of batters.

Joe Wieland has been dominant, striking out 10 in 6 innings.

Barret Loux has 9 K, 2 BB and a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 innings.

Hector Santiago has 18 Ks in 9 innings with a 1.00 ERA.

Cameron Bayne has yet to allow a run in 14 innings thanks to a .089 AVG against.

After allowing 10 earned runs in 42 innings last year, Jose Flores has given up 6 in 2.2 innings. He allowed 7 walks in 2010 and has given up 3 free passes in 2011.

White Sox hot prospect Jared Mitchell is off to a cold start. He is hitting .200 with 12 strikeouts and was caught stealing twice. He has a double, triple and a home run.

Brewers former top prospect Jake Odorizzi has struck out 10 in 7 innings for the Royals Carolina League affiliate in Wilmington. 8 hits and 3 walks have led to 3 runs and a 3.86 ERA.

Tyler Townsend has 5 doubles and a home run in 7 games to go along with a .333 AVG.

Opponents have hit .342 against Tim Melville but he has managed to avoid major damage with a 3.60 ERA.

Bryce Harper watch: Harper has yet to break out with a big game and is batting .243 with a double and a home run in 11 games. He has 11 strikeouts to 6 walks.

Check out this week's other minor league monitors:

Pacific Coast League

International League

Eastern League

Texas League

Southern League

California League

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