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Minor League Monitor - South Atlantic League: Two Bryces Are Better Than One

Bryce Harper - Nationals - RF -  .346/.429/.627, 10 HR, 34 RBI, 7 SB

He's cooled off slightly in the past 10 games (.184/.295/.395), but still had 2 home runs and 2 doubles since then. The Nationals announced earlier in the week that he will not be brought to the Majors during the 2011 season, but I really wouldn't be surprised if he went to AA before the end of the season. I do want to see what he does this week though, as he hasn't really seen a lot of struggles until this past week.

Bryce Brentz - Red Sox - OF - .359/.414/.647, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 2 SB

Brentz finished up his stint in Low-A with 11 home runs and a 1.061 OPS before being promoted to the Red Sox High-A affiliate in Salem last week. I am really interested to see if this power is legitimate from Brentz, as he has already hit 2 homers for Salem.

Jurickson Profar - Rangers - SS - .269/.389/.514, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB

John Sickels' top Rangers prospect coming into the season, Profar has continued to show good plate discipline (21 BB/20 K) and excellent power (5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run in the past 10 games). Despite being just 18, he clearly looks like he's earning that ranking.

Jameson Taillon - Pirates - SP - 1-1, 24 IP, 20 K, 4 BB, 3.38 ERA, 7.5 K/9

Taillon made two starts in the last week, throwing a total of 9 innings, and allowing 6 earned runs, 14 hits, and striking out 6. 

Slade Heathcott - Yankees - OF - .315/.391/.490, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB

Heathcott is repeating the Sally League again this year, but it looks like he may not be there for long if he keeps it up. He is showing a lot more power this year, as he has already matched his total from last season for triples, and surpassed last year's home run count as well.  

Jiovanni Mier - Astros - SS .261/.376/.437, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 4 SB

Coming off a bit of a lost season, Mier looks like he is showing some of the potential that made him a first round pick two years ago. If he can continue to show improvement throughout the season, he could provide some hope in an otherwise very shallow minor league system.

Delino DeShields - Astros - 2B .237/.314/.388, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 8 SB

The 2010 1st round pick for the Astros, DeShields hasn't stolen a base in his last 10 games, but did have a nice game last night. He went 2 for 5 with 3 runs scored, a triple, and 2 RBI. He is also currently riding a 7 game hitting streak for Lexington.