Minor League Monitor: Matt Curry Mashing, Jacob Petricka Mowing Down, Bryce Harper Meh'ing, Class A South Atlantic League Review

Matt Lipka - Braves: The Braves supplemental first round pick from a year ago is hitting for little power but stealing plenty of bases. He has a matching .254 batting average and slugging percentage with 6 stolen bases. Still, as one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League he is managing to keep his head above water. The lack of power isn't a major concern as it's his speed that will be his greatest weapon. Any power he develops will just be a bonus.

Edward Salcedo - Braves: Salcedo leads the Rome Braves with a .867 OPS but also tops the team with 16 strikeouts and 5 errors.

Carlos Perez - Braves: Perez is looking good so far in 2011 with 19 strikeouts in 15 innings and a 2.40 ERA. His best start was his most recent one where he struck out 9 in 6 scoreless innings.

Trent Mummey - Orioles: After stealing 8 bases in 62 games last year, Mummey has swiped 10 in his first 13 this year. He is also hitting a robust .294 with 5 extra base hits and 9 walks.

Jonathan Schoop - Orioles: Schoop is living up to his billing as one of the 10 best prospects in the Orioles system. He has a 1.001 OPS with 2 of each extra base hit and 6 walks.

Manny Machado - Orioles: Machado is hitting .280 with a .383 OBP thanks to 8 walks. He has also bopped 3 doubles and 2 triples.

Mychal Givens - Orioles: Givens has been generous to opposing pitchers, managing a .104 AVG with 12 Ks and 0 walks. He has yet to get an extra base hit and has been caught stealing twice while swiping one bag.

Sean Coyle - Red Sox: Looking at his .412 OBP you might assume Coyle has a decent batting average but it is actually sitting at .121. He has managed to reach base so frequently thanks to a South Atlantic leading 15 walks.

Anthony Ranaudo - Red Sox: After 3 starts, Ranaudo has a 0.60 ERA. He has struck out 15 in 15 innings while walking 7.

Brandon Jacobs - Red Sox: Jacobs has been hitting the ball with authority in 2011. He has 5 doubles, a triple and three home runs. He has also added 3 stolen bases. He is also one strikeout off the league lead with 18. The 8 walks he has makes that number a little more bearable.

 

More South Atlantic League review after the jump...

Edwar Cabrera - Rockies: Cabrera has an impressive 25/2 K/BB ratio so far. He has also allowed only 10 hits in 18.1 innings.

Trayce Thompson - White Sox: When Baseball America mentions a comparison with Mike Stanton you know you have a solid power hitter on your hands. Thompson is living up to the hype so far in 2011 by sitting tied atop the SAL HR leaderboard with 5 bombs. All of that power comes at a price and he has struck out 16 times.

Jacob Petricka - White Sox: Petricka's mid nineties stuff has awarded him with 22 strikeouts, 4 walks, 9 hits, and a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings this year. The White Sox aren't shy about promoting their pitchers quickly so keep an eye on Petricka as he could be in the majors sooner than later.

Marcell Ozuna - Marlins: Ozuna has 5 HR in 14 games and has shown improved plate discipline with 7 walks to 14 strikeouts. It may not look too great, but considering he went 19/104 last year, it's a step up.

Jiovanni Mier - Astros: Mier is being patient at the plate and it has paid off with 11 walks. That is pretty much all he has done offensively so far.

Chris Wallace - Astros: Wallace is batting .375 with 5 doubles, 5 home runs and 17 RBI through 13 games.

Delino Deshields Jr. - Astros: Deshields Jr. has been caught stealing 3 times with 2 successful attempts. With a .275 OBP and .106 ISO he can't afford to inefficient on the basepaths.

Aderlin Rodriguez - Mets: I was excited about Rodriguez heading into the season but so far he has let me down. He is hitting a putrid .170 with a .475 OPS. Hopefully his 3-4 performance with 2 doubles today will be the start of a turnaround.

Gary Sanchez - Yankees: The Yankees young backstop is having some difficulty getting up to speed in 2011. He has a .222 AVG with 11 strikeouts in 7 games.

Slade Heathcott - Yankees: Despite 17 strikeouts, Heathcott has managed a healthy .315 AVG with 5 doubles, 2 triples and a pair of dingers.

Matt Curry - Pirates: Curry is having perhaps the best all-around offensive season in the South Atlantic League so far this year. He is hitting .400 with 6 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs. With all of that power you would expect a lot of swings and misses but he has struck out only 4 times while walking 8 times. He has even stole a pair of bases. Curry should be a name you hear more often if he keeps this up. He had a solid year in the New York Penn State League last year.

Colton Cain - Pirates: Cain holds a 0.00 ERA through 10.2 innings, having allowed 6 hits and 2 walks while fanning 10.

Jurickson Profar - Rangers: The young shortstop from Curacao is having trouble getting hits but what hits he is getting are going for extra bases. Of his 5 hits he has a double a triple and 2 home runs.

Kellin Deglan - Rangers: The Canadian catcher is having a tough time adjusting to pro ball. He is batting just .167, all singles, with 10 strikeouts in 7 games.

Bryce Harper - Nationals: Harper is hitting .250 with 2 doubles and a home run after 13 games. Not quite the 80 power display we were hoping for but it's still early. He has walked 6 times while striking out 13. He is 2 for 4 on the bases.

Cameron Selik - Nationals: Selik has had 3 straight scoreless outing of 5 innings with his best coming in his most recent start. He struck out 11 while walking 1 and giving up 1 hit. He has a 20/3 K/BB ratio on the year with opponents hitting .170 against him.

Check out the other Minor League Monitors from this week:

Pacific Coast League

International League

Eastern League

Southern League

Texas League

Carolina League

California League

Florida State League

Midwest League

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