Minor League Monitor - Low-A South Atlantic League

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: World Future's All-Star Jurickson Profar #10 of the Texas Rangers triples in the sixth inning during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jurickson Profar - Rangers  SS  DOB: 02/20/93

For fantasy purposes you could make an argument that Profar is a top 5 prospect. He is a shortstop who will stick at shortstop and is an all around hitting package at age 18. He is batting .272/.381/.500 with 41/38 BB/K. He is only 12/7 on the bases but he has enough speed to steal 20+ in the majors once he learns how to read pitchers.

Cody Buckel – Rangers  SP/RP  DOB: 06/18/92

Buckel has been great since moving to the rotation. In 10 starts he has a 1.70 ERA over 47.1 innings, striking out 61 and walking 11. Over his past 3 starts he has allowed just a single hit in each outing. He doesn't have the large pitcher's frame or a blazing heater that many scouts look for but he has 3 or 4 solid pitches depending on how good you think his changeup is. He should put up some stellar numbers in the lower minors but could run into trouble when he faces higher level hitting.

Jameson Taillon - Pirates  SP  DOB: 11/18/91

Taillon had 4 starts lasting 15.1 innings where he gave up only 1 earned run before his 2 most recent starts in which he gave up 11 earned runs in 7.1 innings. The Pirates are taking things very slowly with Taillon and have had him pitch only 41.2 innings in his past 10 starts.

Mark Canha – Marlins  1B  DOB: 02/15/89

The Marlins couldn't ask much more from their 2010 7th round pick in his first full season as a pro. He is batting .286 with 14 home runs. He has driven in 46 in just 62 games. He strikes out less than most sluggers in the SAL and draws a good amount of walks.

Adam Duvall – Giants  3B  DOB: 09/04/88

Duvall is tied for the league lead with 19 HR and is alone on top with 72 RBI. He is hitting .282 with a respectable 47/72 BB/K. His 46 extra base hits are tops in the league as well.

Kyle Parker - Rockies  RF  DOB: 09/30/89

Parker's first half season as a pro has been a successful one but isn't without its flaws. He has hit .275 with 18 2B, 10 HR, and 62 RBI. The biggest flaw in his game has been his 89 strikeouts.

David Freitas – Nationals  C  DOB: 03/18/89

Freitas signed quickly after being drafted last year and already has more than 500 pro at bats. Those at bats have been successful ones as well. In 2011 he is batting .298/.413/.467. He has a 52/52 BB/K. His bat is above average for a catcher so if he can show improvement in his catching and throwing he should move quickly through the Nationals system. Washington will be happy if that is the case since top catching prospect Derek Norris has struggled this year.

Carlos Willoughby – Giants  2B  DOB: 11/12/88

Willoughby has been a part of the Giants system since 2007 after signing as an international free agent. He has above average speed and was the Dominican Summer League MVP in 2009 when he hit .327 and stole 46 bases in 68 games. His advancement has been moving at a snail's pace despite putting up numbers that would suggest moving him along a little quicker. In Low-A this year he has a career low .257 AVG but has drawn 52 walks to 54 strikeouts for a .372 OBP. He has 27 SB while being caught 8 times.

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