Minor League Monitor - Carolina League: Pitching Reigns Supreme

Drew Pomeranz - Indians  SP  DOB: 11/22/88  1.85 ERA, 6.2 H/9, 12 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.2 HR/9

Looking at the numbers it's clear to see Pomeranz is due for a promotion. He has displayed all of the skills you look for in a pitcher and should move through the system quickly. As long as the BB/9 holds steady in  the upper minors we could see Pomeranz pitching in the majors as soon as September.

Mike Olt - Rangers  3B  DOB: 08/27/88 .281/.396/.503

Olt skipped a level by going from short-season to High-A. The supplemental first rounder has stepped his game up by increasing his BB% and ISO. His defense has also improved and there is a good chance he can stick at third. Olt is turning into a promising prospect and has time to develop with Adrian Beltre manning third in Texas for the foreseeable future.

Adam Milligan - Braves  RF  DOB: 03/14/88  .277/.331/.553

Milligan missed most of 2010 with a shoulder injury. He hasn't shown any signs of lingering issues and has the 3rd highest OPS among Carolina League regulars. He has power potential but may not make enough contact to maintain a high AVG.  His 9/47 BB/K ratio could make him vulnerable to higher level pitching.

Ryan Strausborger - Rangers  CF  DOB: 03/04/88  .291/.355/.483  16/4 SB/CS

Strausborger is on the edge of being old for the level but has shown enough tools to suggest he may be able to reach the majors. If he can reach AA this year and maintain the solid numbers he could see Texas by 2012 or 2013. He projects as a fourth outfielder.

Jake Odorizzi - Royals  SP  DOB:   03/27/90  2.05 ERA, 74 K, 14 BB, 52.2 IP

Royals fans can rest easy knowing they didn't give away Zack Grienke. Odorizzi has led the league in strikeouts and should reach the Royals rotation by 2014 at the latest. Once in the majors he could grow into a front of the rotation starter.

Joe Wieland - Rangers  SP  DOB:  01/21/90 1.53 ERA, 70 K, 3 BB, 59 IP

Wieland has used pin-point control to master the Carolina League. He will need to be tested at AA but if he can carry over even a portion of that K/BB ratio of 23/1 he could be on the fast track to the majors. His strikeout totals going forward will determine whether he has fantasy stud projection.

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