Minor League Monitor - AAA International League

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Starting pitcher Julio Teheran #43 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 18, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Julio Teheran - Braves  SP  DOB: 01/27/91

The Braves have been shopping for an outfielder and they have plenty of trade chips in their rotation thanks to Teheran being more than ready for the majors. It's almost laughable how dominant Teheran has been in AAA. Over his past 4 starts he has allowed 3 earned runs and has a 1.57 ERA in his past 10 starts.

Desmond Jennings - Rays  OF  DOB: 10/30/86

Jennings is hitting .300/.391/ .575 over his last 10 games and is now at .275/.370/.457 for the season. He is 17/1 on the bases and 42/78 with BB/K. Fantasy owners have been eagerly awaiting his arrival in the bigs and his time may be coming. Jennings has improved his power after a disappointing season in that department last year and he now has 12 home runs.

Jason Kipnis - Indians  2B  DOB: 04/03/87

Kipnis came off his hottest streak off the season and fell into his biggest slump. In his last 10 games he is hitting .125 /.186/.225.

Dylan AxelrodWhite Sox  SP  DOB: 07/30/85

Axelrod keeps dealing in AAA and after 7 starts he has a 2.43 ERA and 37/8 K/BB in 40.2 innings. The White Sox have good pitching depth so if we're going to see Axelrod in the majors this year it will likely be in the bullpen. If starting he is a decent option in AL-only leagues due to his low walk and high strikeout totals.

Steve Lombardozzi - Nationals  2B  DOB: 09/20/88

I heard rumors that the Nationals are open to trading Ian Desmond and shifting Danny Espinosa back to SS so Lombardozzi can slide into 2B. This is excellent news for Lombardozzi's fantasy value as it means we could be seeing him in Washington before the end of July. Even if Desmond isn't traded we could see Lombardozzi up at some point. He would provide a decent AVG and a few SB but he lacks big time power to become a force in fantasy. During his prime he may squeak into top 10 territory.

Tom Milone - Nationals  SP  DOB: 02/16/87

The Nationals have so many quality arms in the minors it's hard to believe they won't have one of the game's best rotations within a few years. Milone stands to be a big part of that rotation and should be given a few starts before the year is out. He has elite command and has allowed a mere 8 walks compared to 113 strikeouts.

Trevor Plouffe  - Twins  SS/2B DOB: 06/15/86

Plouffe has erupted with the bat this season and in 75 games combined between AAA and the majors he has 20 home runs. The Twins don't have anyone blocking him at shortstop and he should see quite a few ABs in Minnesota the rest of the way. He is one of the best options for home runs at SS.

Alex Torres - Rays  SP  DOB: 12/08/87

Over his past 6 starts Torres has gone 31 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. He has struck out 34 in that span and walked 12. Command will be the biggest thing standing between Torres and big league success. If he can keep the walks down he could be an excellent fantasy option due to his high strikeout totals.

Ryan Lavarnway - Red Sox  C  DOB: 08/07/87

Lavarnway has been scorching hot since coming to AAA. In 33 games he has 11 home runs and 31 RBI while batting .376. If the Red Sox keep him at catcher he will be a must own next season in most leagues. Hitting in the Red Sox lineup could make him a threat to be a top 12 catcher.

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