Minor League Monitor - Florida State League

Shelby Miller and his insane 13.8 K/9 are now in AA but there are still some lethal strikeout artists left in the FSL. Trevor May (11.9), Darin Gorski (11.8),  Matt Harvey (11.1) and Nestor Molina (10.7) have great K/9 numbers. Kyle McPherson (10.00) and Nestor Molina (9.38) have been the top starters in terms of K/BB. McPherson has taken his skills to AA. Justin Bour has been perhaps the circuit's best hitter with 33 extra base hits. Bour has good good skills when it comes to all three of the triple slash stats but will need to be challenged by pitchers his own age before we can deem him a prospect on the rise. Jarek Cunningham has been in a free fall with a .135/.200/.162 line over his past 10 games. He has an OPS over .930 each of the first 2 months but is only at .240 for June, albeit in only 6 games. Kyle Jensen is climbing the prospect ranks by hitting for a .943 OPS but his struggles with strikeouts will likely bring that number back down. Hak-Ju Lee has been the best all-around offensive force with a .933 OPS and 17 SB. Lee (5th), Sebastian Valle (8th), and Jae-Hoon Ha (28th) are the only 20 year olds in the league's top 50 for OPS.

 

Player profiles after the jump...

Sebastian Valle - Phillies  C  DOB: 07/24/90 .357/.369/.503

Valle is having a career year on the surface but his AVG is propped up by a .434 BABIP and he has drawn only 2 walks in 160 plate appearances. His ISO is also down nearly .030 points. He is obviously hitting the ball well but we will have to wait for the BABIP to normalize before we can accurately gauge his progress this year. 

Aaron Hicks - Twins  CF  DOB: 10/02/89  .262/.364/.372. 6/4 SB/CS

Hicks' stolen base numbers are not very promising for someone considered a potential top of the order threat. His OBP looks the part though. After hitting .211 in April he hit .286 in May and now .348 in 6 June games. With so little power he will need the 20+ SB potential to return if he is going to be a fantasy asset.

Chad James - Marlins  SP  DOB: 01/23/91

James is 0-9 despite a respectable 3.10 ERA. He has lowered his BB/9 to 2.0 from 5.2 last season but he is allowing nearly an extra hit per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is quite good but he will have to become less hittable for that ratio to matter.

Darin Gorski - Mets  SP  DOB: 10/06/87  1.62 ERA, 0.3 HR/9, 5.21 K/BB

Gorski has been a fringe prospect his first two seasons as a pro but is in the middle of a breakout season. His 5.21  K/BB ratio is top notch and he is allowing only 7.6 H/9. He is a tad old for the level but he is dominating enough that he should be given a chance to compete against similarly aged competition in AA. Based on his past performances it's best not to have high hopes for him but he may have turned a corner this year. He is worth monitoring because of that K/BB alone.

Nestor Molina - Blue Jays  SP  DOB: 01/09/89 3.27 ERA, 10.7 K/9, 1.1 BB/9

The Blue Jays shifted Molina from the bullpen to the rotation and he hasn't missed a beat. After posting K/BBs of 5.40, 7.60 and 3.20 his first three years he has taken it to another level with 9.38. He doesn't avoid hits like most top prospects do and he sports a so-so 8.8 H/9, a career high. He has had that number as low as 7.2 but that happened in the Dominican Summer League so it needs to be taken lightly. If he can manage to allow fewer hits he will become an awesome prospect and a recommendable pick-up in dynasty leagues. He is a safe bet to pitch in the major leagues one day and should be an above average pitcher when he makes it.

Julio Rodriguez - Phillies  SP  DOB: 08/29/90

Rodriguez is a very hard pitcher to make contact against as shown in his career 6.4 H/9 and 10.3 K/9. Both numbers have dropped the year and he has allowed 5.7 H/9 and struck out 7.8 batters per 9. He is capable of fanning more batters than that and now might be a good time to buy low on him. His numbers are very good but he remains a relatively lesser known prospect. In dynasty and keeper leagues it's best to grab him if you can because he has the upside to contend for Cy Young awards down the road.

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