Minor League Monitor - Texas League: Juan Nicasio and James Darnell Are Too Much For The Texas League.

Mike Trout - Angels  CF  DOB: 08/07/91

Trout hasn't been stealing bases the way he was last year but he is contributing offensively in every other way. He is 6 of 9 on the bases and is batting .303 with 6 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR. He is still months away from his 20th birthday but is hitting well enough that a major league call-up this season isn't out of the question. 2012 is a more likelyu ETA but the kid is close and the Angels may want to see what he can do.

Jaff Decker - Padres  LF  DOB: 02/23/90

Decker has slowed after a monstrous start. In his past 10 games he has only 1 home run and is hitting .237. He has 10 HR and is batting .281 on the year. Decker's stock dropped last season but then he gained it all back and then some with his hot start. For a time Decker looked like he could emerge as one of the top bats in the minors. He still has excellent numbers on the year but will need to turn things around if he doesn't want his value to drop again.

Juan Nicasio - Rockies  P  DOB: 08/31/86

Nicasio leads the circuit with 51 strikeouts and his 1.90 ERA is lowest among starters. The 24 year old could earn a promotion to AAA this season and may even make his MLB debut. Nicasio is definitely worth owning in keeper leagues.

Wilin Rosario - Rockies  C  DOB: 02/23/89

Rosario is slumping big time right now. In the past 10 games he has a triple slash of .231/.286/.308 and 7 of his 9 hits came in a two game span. His overall numbers remain strong at .270/.318/.500

Martin Perez - Rangers  P  DOB: 04/04/91

Perez has been lights out in 2011. His 2.73 ERA is second among starters and he is striking out nearly a batter per inning. His control is a bit of an issue but you have to be pleased when a 20 year old is dominating at AA.

James Darnell - Padres  3B  DOB: 01/19/87

James Darnell has been the top offensive force in the Texas League this season. He is batting .379 with 13 2B and 6 HR and a 1.129 OPS. These numbers are excellent but the best stat may just be his 26/15 BB/K ratio. AA pitching is clearly no match for the 24 year old third baseman and a promotion should be on the horizon. He doesn't have top power for the position but he is no slouch either. Once in the majors, Darnell should provide value in every category except SB.

Wil Myers - Royals  RF  DOB: 12/10/90

Where Myers' power went nobody knows. He is batting .323 over the past 10 games but all 10 of his hits have been singles. He only has 4 XBH out of 21 hits this year. He is young for the level and was never a major power threat but you have to wonder whether this lack of power will continue as he develops.

John Lamb - Royals  P  DOB: 07/10/90

I have read reports that Lamb's velocity has been down this season and it show in his numbers. After striking out 9.7 batters per 9 over 3 levels last year, Lamb is fanning only 5.5 this season. He is also easier to hit and is allowing more than an extra hit more per 9 than his career average. The Royals young hurler should feel fortunate to have a 3.15 ERA. In a similar number of innings last year at AA he allowed just more hits and the same number of walks and one less home run yet his ERA was more than 2 runs higher at 5.45. The Californian Lefty remains one of the top pitching prospects in the Texas League but his stock has dropped somewhat this season.

 

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