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Minor League Monitor - Midwest League: Billy Hamilton, Base Thief Extraordinaire

Time to take a look at some of the prospects in the low-A Midwest League, including a lot of first round picks from last season.

Billy Hamilton - Reds - SS - .199/.291/.271, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 39 of 45 SB

Yes, you read that correctly. In 44 games so far, Hamilton has stolen 39 bases in 45 attempts. And this is despite having an abysmal batting average and an awful on base percentage. If he can hit with any of the same consistency he showed last year in the Pioneer League, he can be a truly amazing stolen base threat at every level.

Nick Castellanos - Tigers - 3B - .257/.301/.388, 2 HR, 19 RBI

The Tigers' first round pick last season, Castellanos has been heating up. In his last 10 games, he's hit .306 with 5 RBI. His ability to draw walks is a bit concerning at this point (just 8 in 152 at bats), but he's still very raw and only 19 years old. He'll come around.

Yordy Cabrera - Athletics - SS - .265/.333./425, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 10 SB

Cabrera has been ice cold of late, hitting just .194 with 1 HR in his last 10 games. Cabrera seems likely to spend the full season in the Midwest League, and I could see him finishing with 12+ homers and 25+ SB. Someone to watch as the season progresses.

Taijuan Walker - Mariners - SP - 2-2, 4.03 (5 starts), 22.1 IP, 30 K/10 BB

The Mariners' first round pick from last year, Walker had a good start last night. He went 5 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 2 hits, but also 3 walks. I really like the dominant K numbers here, and think that the control should improve as well.

Keyvius Sampson - Padres - SP - 6-1, 2.09 ERA (9 starts), 47.1 IP, 53 K/16 BB

Sampson had another great start this week, going 6 1/3 with 4 strikeouts, 1 earned run, and no walks. Sampson pitched well in the Northwest League last season, and this looks legitimate. He still remains a health risk, but he's been great thus far.