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International League Pitchers To Watch 2011

Julio Teheran #66 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Julio Teheran #66 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Julio Teheran - The top pitching prospect in baseball will continue to familiarize himself with higher level hitting until the Braves deem him ready for the majors. He likely won't see Atlanta until September at earliest but if he's as good as hoped for he could make an immediate impact.

Kyle Gibson - Gibson is simply waiting for opportunity and will continue to hone his craft in AAA until the Twins give him the call to the bigs. He could be a useful starter for years to come so his progress is worth monitoring.

Jenrry Mejia - The young Dominican is going back to Buffalo to work on being a starter again after the Mets brought him up to the majors as a reliever last year. He still has the potential to be a top end starter if the Mets are a bit more patient with his development going forward.

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Dillon Gee - A control specialist, Gee is looking to work his way into the Mets rotation. He should be given a shot at some point in 2011. He could be a good source of WHIP and ERA if his below average stuff isn't beat around too much in the majors.

Alex Torres - Torres can be a bit wild at times but has the arsenal to be a mid-rotation type for the Rays. If he manages to refine his curve in Durham this year he could get a shot in September. If anyone in the Rays rotation goes down there is a chance Torres could see time before then.

Vance Worley - The Phillies are loaded in their rotation but should one of their stars go down for a period of time someone will need to step in. That man could end up being Vance Worley. He pitched well in his cup of coffee last fall and would be a solid replacement should Joe Blanton be traded. Worley likely won't matter much in roto outside of NL-only leagues.

Andrew Miller - The towering former first round pick has been a flop in the majors but is still 25 until May and can't be written off completely. He still has a live arm and if one of the Red Sox starters goes down we could see Miller in the rotation. The Red Sox may decide to groom Miller for the bullpen but either way there's a good chance he will get another crack in the bigs sometime in 2011.

Andrew Brackman - A spot in the Yankees rotation may open up sometime this year and Brackman could be the one to fill it if Manny Banuelos isn't ready. He's not likely to be a roto star but pitching for the Yankees can't hurt.

Yunesky Maya - The former Cuban star was unimpressive in a short time with the Nationals last season but still has the stuff that made him so good in Cuba. He isn't likely to be a fantasy asset in mixed leagues but could get the call-up to Washington at some point and may be useful in NL-only leagues.