Minor League Monitor: International League Review

Tom Milone - Nationals: Milone is back to his strike zone pounding ways. He has yet to give up a walk in13 innings and has struck out 9 for a 2.08 ERA

Desmond Jennings - Rays: Many fantasy owners were disappointed when Jennings failed to make the Rays opening day roster but they may not have to wait much longer for the call-up. He is hitting .286 with 2 home runs and 4 swipes. He has also walked 10 times with 13 strikeouts.

Leslie Anderson - Rays: Anderson is in a major slump to start the season. He is hitting only .160 with 4 doubles. The lone bright spot is he has struck out only 5 times in 53 plate appearances.

Dirk Hayhurst - Rays: Hayhurst may have to write a sequel to his book "The Bullpen Gospels" entitled "The Rotation Gospels". He has started 3 games this year and all of them have been stellar. He has compiled a 1.02 ERA in 17.2 innings with 16 Ks and 1 walk.

Alexander Torres - Rays: Torres has not been kind to International League hitters in 2011. He has 27 strikeouts in 15.1 innings and a 0.56 ERA.

Alex Cobb - Rays: Cobb has been nearly as dominant as his teammate Torres. He has struck out 25 in 16 innings with a 1.13 ERA.

Vance Worley - Phillies: There may not be room for Worley in the Phillies rotation but that's not stopping him from trying to pitch his way into it. He has a 2.55 ERA with 20 Ks and 3 walks over 17.2 innings.

Jesus Montero - Yankees: Montero has an excellent .400 batting average but only a .127 ISO and zero walks.

Jorge Vazquez - Yankees: Maybe the Yankees should think about starting Vazquez in April from now on. Teixeira has struggled but Vazquez has been red hot with 7 home runs and 19 RBI in 14 games. Vazquez was a premiere slugger in the Mexican League for years but may strike out too often to fully utilize his power in the bigs.

Justin Maxwell - Yankees: Maxwell's 4 HR and 4 SB look positive but the 25 strikeouts are pretty freaky. 11 walks make that number slightly more bearable, if you squint your eyes real hard.

Jenrry Mejia - Mets: The 21 year old is showing why last year's bullpen experiment was ill advised. In 3 starts he has a 0.98 ERA with 17 punchouts in 18.1 innings. The 9 walks are a bit of a concern but as long as batters keep hitting .156 against him he should be fine. It won't happen so he's going to need to find the strike zone more often to continue this success.

Trevor Plouffe - Twins: The Twins 24 year old shortstop prospect is hitting .325 with a .425 ISO. Plouffe has above average power for a shortstop and his BABIP is actually below average on the year. If he can continue to hit with this much power he could force his way into the Twins lineup. With Alexi Casilla struggling and Tsuyoshi Nishioka injured, Plouffe could see time anyway.

Charles Furbush - Tigers: Furbush continues to improve as he makes his way through the minors. He has a 1.62 ERA in 16.2 innings with 21 strikeouts, 4 walks and 8 hits. His best performance came in his most recent start, a 7 inning complete game one hit no walk shutout with 9 Ks.

Dayan Viciedo - White Sox: The hefty Cuban is hitting just .224 with a .123 ISO. Not what you are looking for from a positionless player. On the bright side he has walked 4 times. Quite the feat for him.

Jim Gallagher - White Sox: The doubles hitting first baseman already has 6 of them in 2011 and is batting .333. 9 walks give him a .453 OBP and his OPS stands at 1.048.

Tyler Flowers - White Sox: Just when you thought Flowers' stock couldn't get any lower, he goes out and starts the year hitting .192 with 2 extra base hits and 8 Ks in 8 games.

Cord Phelps - Indians: The 24 year old second baseman is hitting .333 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs. The impressive part is the 15 walks. He had 93 walks in 2009 so you know he can get to ball four. If he can continue to hit for some power and average he should make his way to the majors sometime this year.

Lonnie Chisenhall - Indians: Chisenhall's hot spring has not carried over into the regular season. He is hitting just .222. He has 5 doubles and a home run.

Alex White - Indians: White is pounding the strike zone with 20 strikeouts and 3 walks in 18 innings. A 0.94 WHIP has produced a 2.00 ERA.

Zack Cozart - Reds: Cozarthas yet to get his bat going in 2011. He is batting a lowly .125 with just a double a 2 stolen bases.

Devin Mesoraco - Reds: The Reds catching situation is fine right now so there isn't an opening for Mesoraco but he is certainly showing he is ready when the opportunity arises. He has 4 doubles and 3 home runs.

Dave Sappelt - Reds: Sappelt is hitting .328 with 4 doubles, a triple and 3 home runs. He has also swiped 2 bags.

Dontrelle Willis - Reds: Willis has 3 great starts behind him this year. In 17 innings he has a 0.53 ERA and 15 Ks. Still only 29, D-Train may not be finished yet.

Tony Thomas - Red Sox: Second base prospect Thomas is leading the Pawtucket offense with a .375 AVG, 2 doubles, a triple, 3 homeruns and 3 stolen bases. He has been caught stealing twice.

Josh Reddick - Red Sox: Reddick has a .291 AVG to start the year with a couple of home runs and steals. He has walked 10 times with 10 strikeouts. He leads the team with 6 doubles.

Andrew Miller - Red Sox: The towering lefty has a 1.32 ERA and .167 opposing AVG in 13.2 innings but has also walked 10 in that time.

Josh Bell - Orioles: Bell has been ringing up the strikeouts with 20 of them on the year. He has only walked once. His batting average is at .250 and he has hit 2 doubles and home runs and one triple.

Mauro Gomez - Braves: The power hitting first baseman has slugged 8 doubles and 2 home runs on the young season. He is batting .408 with a 1.125 OPS.

Julio Teheran - Braves: The top pitching prospect has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings. He has struck out 11 with 6 walks.

Check out the other Minor League Monitors:

Pacific Coast League

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Texas League

Carolina League

California League

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South Atlantic League

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