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Minor League Monitor - Southern League: Under The Radar Prospects Have Taken Hold Of The League

Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks  1B  DOB: 09/10/87 .330/.451/.670

Goldschmidt remains far and away the best hitter in the Southern League. His 1.121 OPS is nearly .100 higher than the next closest full-timer. He has earned a promotion but is blocked at AAA by Brandon Allen, who is also playing well. If Allen gets called up to the Bigs there is a good chance Goldschmidt will be bumped up to AAA.

Ryan Flaherty - Cubs  2B/LF/SS  DOB: 07/27/86 .306/.384/.578

Flaherty was an under the radar prospect heading into this season but he should find himself high on most Cubs prospect lists at the end of the season. He has played all over the field this season but if he is able to stick in the middle infield he has the potential to be a fantasy mainstay once he reaches the majors. He has a good bat with 15-20 HR potential to go along with a decent AVG.

Nate Eovaldi - Dodgers  SP  DOB: 02/13/90 2.84 ERA, 6.9 H/9, 10.6 K/9

Eovaldi's above average fastball has been doing a number on Southern League hitters this season. His command needs work but he has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter.

Neftali Soto - Reds  1B  DOB: 02/28/89 .301/.333/.562

Soto has been hitting for power while benefiting from a fortunate BABIP.  His 4/16 BB/K will keep him from maintaining the high average but it is a good sign to see him with a .261 ISO. He could be a 30 HR threat one day but will need to address his poor discipline. The Reds are obviously deep at 1B with Joey Votto and Soto may end up trade bait.

Charles Brewer - Diamondbacks  SP  DOB: 04/07/88  3.21 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 1.9 BB/9

Brewer's command has improved each season as a pro. The problem is he doesn't posses a devastating arsenal and can get hit around at times. He won't pitch at the top of a major league rotation but looks like a good bet to break into an MLB rotation at some point in his career. Luckily for him he is in the Diamondbacks organization that should provide plenty of opportunities.

J.J. Hoover - Braves  SP  DOB: 08/13/87  2.27 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 2.3 BB/9

J.J. Hoover has carried his strong 2010 finish over into 2011. He doesn't have the upside of Mike Minor and Julio Teheran but he has emerged as yet another potential Braves rotation stalwart. His dynasty league value is limited due to the Braves pitching depth as it could keep him in the minors for a few extra seasons. If Hoover is traded he would gain a lot in value.