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Minor League Monitor: Keyvius Sampson Unhittable, Donavan Tate Injured, Single A Midwest League Review

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Jason Smit - Indians: 2006 Australian International free agent signing Jason Smit is beginning to show why he was so sought after. The 21 year old is leading the Midwest League with a .455 AVG and 1.270 OPS. He still needs to cut down on the strikeouts if he wants his breakthrough season to continue as he doesn't have the raw power to continue striking out 27% of the time.

Mike Rayl - Indians: In 3 starts Rayl has a 0.77 WHIP through 15.2 innings and 14 Ks.

Jacob Marisnick - Blue Jays: Marisnick is displaying some of the power and speed that made Baseball America declare him the Jays 11th best prospect this year. He has 3 doubles and a home run to go along with 4 stolen bases and a .847 OPS in his first 9 games.

Carlos Perez - Blue Jays: The Blue Jays young catching prospect is off to a strong start with a .400 AVG, a pair of doubles and triples and 4 walks to 5 strikeouts in 6 games.

Drew Hutchison - Blue Jays: Hutchison had a rock solid debut, punching out 11 in 7 scoreless innings before giving up 3 in 3 frames in his second outing. He has 15 Ks and a 2.70 ERA on the year.

Enny Romero - Rays: Romero had 2 scoreless outings before giving up 5 runs in 3.2 innings his last outing. For the season he has 19 Ks in 13.1 innings with a 3.38 ERA and .174 opponents AVG.

Derek Dietrich - Rays: The Rays young shortstop prospect is looking good in 2011. He has a .367 AVG with 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR and 9 RBI.

Oscar Taveras - Cardinals: The Midwest League's second youngest player, Oscar Taveras, got off to a scorching start to the season. He hit 8-12 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his first 4 games before being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Jordan Swagerty - Cardinals: Swagerty has been stellar in his 2 starts this year. He has allowed 8 hits in 13 innings with 14 strikeouts, no walks and no runs.

Ramon Morla - Mariners: After batting .323 with 17 HR in 251 ABs, Morla is hitting just .103 with 14 Ks in 41 plate appearances. He does have 3 SB and a double and a triple.

Donavan Tate - Padres: Tate was hitting .306 with 2 2B, 2 SB, 2 CS, 4 BB and 3 K in 6 games before injuring his knee in an outfield collision with teammate Everett Williams.

Keyvius Sampson - Padres: Sampson has been phenomenal in his 2 starts. He has given up 2 hits and a walk in 11 innings with 19 Ks. If he keeps it up he will be one of the top prospects in baseball in short order.

Tony Thompson - A's: Third base prospect Thompson is hitting .385 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 11 games this year.

A.J. Griffin - A's: Griffin has given up just 4 hits and 3 walks in 13.2 innings while striking out 19.

Oswaldo Arcia - Twins: Arcia is hitting a robust .342 with 5 doubles, a triple and a home run. He was the Appalachian League's MVP last year so he has the potential to be a top prospect.

Manuel Soliman - Twins: Soliman has been tough to hit in 2011. He has given up 6 hits in 10 innings with 15 Ks and 5 walks.

Tyler Thornberg - Brewers: The Brewers hurler has a 1.04 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

Michael Walker - Brewers: Walker is hitting .371 with 3 doubles and 3 home runs with 10 walks. If Walker can stick at third base he has all of the offensive tools to be a major leaguer.

Austin Ross - Brewers: Ross has 3 strong starts under his belt. He has a combined 1.00 ERA and 16 Ks in 18 innings in those starts.

Christian Lara - Dodgers: Lara continues to make strides with his offensive game. He has 13 walks to 5 strikeouts and is hitting .387.

Zach Lee - Dodgers: The Dodgers first round pick last year is getting off to a nice start in 2011. He has 21 Ks in 14 innings with a 1.29 ERA.

Jonathan Garcia - Dodgers: Garcia is pounding the ball for the Great Lakes Loons. He has 6 doubles and 6 home runs in 12 games with a .313 AVG.

Travis Witherspoon - Angels: Witherspoon is hitting for power and racing around the bases in 2011. The Cedar Rapids Kernals centerfielder has 3 home runs and 7 stolen bases in 11 games. He also has 7 walks.

Nick Castellanos - Tigers: The Tigers #2 prospect is off to a slow start. He is hitting .212 with 11 strikeouts and 1 walk. He has a poor .508 OPS.

Billy Hamilton - Reds: Possibly the fastest runner in the minors, Hamilton is using his wheels to swipe bases in bunches. He has 14 thefts in 13 games. He has a .718 OPS.

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