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Minor League Monitor - Pacific Coast League - Brett Lawrie, Anthony Rizzo and Dustin Ackley Knocking on the Door

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With Brandon Belt returning to the Majors this week, the Pacific Coast League may be sending a lot more prospects to the Majors with him in the coming weeks.

Anthony Rizzo - Padres - 1B
.367/.444/.710, 14 HR, 53 RBI, 5 SB
Blocked by: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu

Rizzo continues to crush PCL pitching,  and it really only seems to be a matter of time before he gets called up. It appears that he's not going to be up until they beileve he's going to stay up for good.

Jemile Weeks - Athletics - 2B
.322/.412/.454, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 8 SB
Blocked by: Mark Ellis 

Today's acquisition of Scott Sizemore will apparently not present a problem for Weeks, as Sizemore will be converted to 3B. Weeks is currently not on the 40 man roster, but for a team struggling for offense, he seems like a player who could provide a spark for the A's.

Brett Lawrie - Blue Jays - 3B
.343/.403/.632, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 10 SB
Blocked by: John McDonald?

Lawrie seems like he's going to be up in the next couple weeks as well, as there is very little left for him to prove down at AAA. The only thing I haven't read much about is whether or not he is transitioning well to third base. But there's not a lot keeping him from being up in Toronto right now.

Dustin Ackley - Mariners - 2B
.279/.386/.457, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 6 SB
Blocked by: Adam Kennedy/Chone Figgins/Brendan Ryan

Ackley has been hitting extremely well lately, with a .610 slugging and 2 home runs in his last 10 games. His plate discipline has been excellent this season (35 walks, 27 strikeouts) as well. Adam Kennedy has been very hot of late, but if one of the infielders falters, Ackley could see a call up.

Michael Taylor - Athletics - OF
.377/.411/.472, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB
Blocked by: David DeJesus, Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui

 

Taylor just returned from an injury a few weeks ago, but has been crushing the ball since. He hit his first home run on Thursday night, but has only played 12 games so far. He's going to have to play down there a bit longer before he gets a shot to come up, but he looks like he may be back on track.

Mike Moustakas - Royals - 3B
.250/.339/.467, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 1 SB
Blocked by: Wilson Betemit

Unlike former teammate Eric Hosmer, Moustakas hasn't forced his way up to the Majors quite yet. But with very little reason to bring him up to the Majors for this year, they could conceivably wait for most of the year to bring him up. 

Jordan Lyles - Astros - SP
3-3, 3.20 ERA, 10 starts, 59 IP, 41 K/16 BB
Blocked by: Aneury Rodriguez

Lyles had a great start his last time out (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 K/1 BB), but with a Rule 5 pick currently holding down the only really open spot in the rotation and a team floundering in last place, Lyles is probably not going to get a call anytime soon.