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Minor League Monitor - Eastern League

Anthony Gose - Blue Jays  CF  DOB: 08/10/90 .272/.375/.391

Gose's bat . He stole 76 bases with 20 times caught in his first full season in 2009, only to see that number drop to 45 with 32 time caught stealing in 2010. This season the efficiency is back and he has swiped 22 with only 5 failures. After walking 6.1% and 6.9% of the time in 09 and 10 with the Phillies he has seen those numbers rise to 11.5% and 12.3% in his time with the Jays. Gose is shaping into an excellent lead-off hitter and he is still only 20 and the second youngest player in the Eastern League.

Travis d'Arnaud - Blue Jays  C  DOB: 02/10/89  .318/.411/.533

d'Arnaud has hit very well this year while providing good D. His .944 OPS is 5th among EL regulars. He has yet to commit an error but has allowed 5 passed balls. Travis d'Arnaud is better with the glove than the Jays' current backstop, J.P. Arencibia, and they have similar arms with Arencibia's perhaps a tick better. If d'Arnaud continues to hit well the Jays should be comfortable at catcher for the foreseeable future. He will probably spend the year in AA with a promotion to AAA in 2012 and a major league debut soon after.

Manny Banuelos - Yankees  P  DOB: 03/13/1991 2.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 5.0 BB/9

Banuelos has avoided the longball otherwise his ERA wouldn't be so pretty. He will need to improve his control before he's is major league ready but he is proving he's capable of avoiding hits and homers against upper level competition. He is the second youngest pitcher in the league so he still has time to develop and could be make his Yankee debut sometime in 2012.

Dellin Betances - Yankees  P  DOB: 03/23/88 1.82 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 6.1 H/9 10.2 K/9, 3.9 BB/9

Betances has been even better than Banuelos. Hits have been hard to come by when facing Betances. The Yankees makeshift rotation has been getting the job done so far but if there were an opening it would likely be given to either Betances or Hector Noesi. Noesi is being used in the Yankees bullpen but has spent most of the season as a starter in AAA.

Eric Surkamp - Giants  P  DOB: 07/16/87 1.33 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 7.5 H/9 10.2 K/9 3.0 BB/9

The Giants continue to pump out pitchers with ace potential. Surkamp has dominated the Eastern League and will need to prove his worth against stiffer competition. Judging by his track record he shouldn't have much trouble with that.