Minor League Level Review (AAA): Zach Wheeler Moved Up, Tyler Skaggs Dominant

July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws a pitch during the fifth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Well, vacation is over for me, and of course that means back to the grind for our minor league coverage here at Fake Teams. If you missed it, congratulations to our own Mike Gallagher on joining RotoWorld for fantasy basketball coverage! Mike will still be helping here with the fantasy baseball and football coverage here at Fake Teams.

We also saw a number of prospects promoted to the Majors, with Manny Machado going from AA to the starting third baseman for the Orioles, and the Cubs promoting both Josh Vitters and strikeout machine Brett Jackson. With that in mind, let's take a look at how some of the top prospects in AAA have performed recently. With each prospect, I will be including the percentage chance I think they will be promoted this year to the Majors

Zack Wheeler (NYM) - Wheeler was promoted to AAA earlier in the week, and debuted with Buffalo on Monday against Syracuse. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings pitched, struck out 7 and walked 4 while throwing 101 pitches in the game. There is still going to be some up and down with Wheeler it seems, but he seems like he could very well compete for a rotation spot during next Spring Training. PROMOTION CHANCE: <10 %

Julio Teheran (ATL) - It's becoming increasingly difficult to tell what to make of Teheran right now, as his performance of late has been brutal. In his last 10 appearances, Teheran has a 7.93 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 15 walks in 47 2/3 innings pitched. He is clearly going to be dropping down prospect rankings at this point, but it seems hard to believe that he would hit the wall this hard after rising so fast to begin with. PROMOTION CHANCE: <10%

Shelby Miller (STL) - Miller has pitched better of late, allowing 2 or fewer earned runs in 4 of his last 5 starts, and striking out 25 to just 3 walks in 29 innings in that time frame. He is another prospect who has lost some of his luster, but the Cardinals have not given up on him, and I believe he can return to that form which made him a top 10 prospect for many people. PROMOTION CHANCE: 10%

Trevor Bauer (ARI) - Bauer pitched well on the 6th after being skipped in the rotation, throwing 6 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. I think that Skaggs will get a shot before Bauer gets another one this season, but I think both of them could be up to stay by the end of the season. PROMOTION CHANCE: >50%

Tyler Skaggs (ARI) - Since his first start for AAA Reno, Skaggs has posted 40 2/3 innings, allowed 27 hits, 4 earned runs, 13 walks, and struck out 38 batters. I would look for him to get an opportunity at some point during this season to showcase what he can do for the Diamondbacks in 2013. PROMOTION CHANCE: >70%

Rob Brantly (MIA) - The future could be very soon for Brantly, as John Buck isn't exactly doing a great job of blocking his path to playing time. Brantly has been crushing it in the PCL to the tune of .365/.389/.557 so far. There seem to be concerns about his abilities behind the plate, but for our purposes, as long as he qualifies there, we're all set. I think that in a full season, Brantly could be a top 10 catcher for our purposes. PROMOTION CHANCE: >50%

Wil Myers (KC) - Myers cooled off for a bit, but is now hitting .300 over his last 10 games, even if the power isn't at the same level as it was earlier in the season. With the trade deadling gone, I don't think that Myers ends up making his debut this season, but I would imagine that the Royals will try very hard to rid themselves of Jeff Francoeur by Opening Day. PROMOTION CHANCE: 25%

Jedd Gyorko (SD) - Gyorko is up to 17 home runs on the season along with a .333/.381/.574 slash line, but at this point I am of the opinion that he will not be up to the Majors this season. Gyorko seems to me like the odds on favorite to be either the starting 3B or starting 2B for the Padres in 2013, which could happen with a trade of Chase Headley this offseason. PROMOTION CHANCE: 30%

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