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Minor League Monitor - International League: Jesus Montero No Longer IL's Best Catching Prospect

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Devin Mesoraco #65 of the Cincinnati Reds throws the ball down to second base against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 27, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Devin Mesoraco #65 of the Cincinnati Reds throws the ball down to second base against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 27, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Jesus MonteroYankees  C  DOB: 11/28/89  .294/.336/.416

Where has the power gone? His ISO is down nearly .100 from 2010 and he is hitting home runs at the slowest pace of his career. Just looking at the raw numbers it would appear that Montero could be hacking more often because his BB% has dropped off a cliff and he is striking out well past career norms. He is fortunate to have an AVG as high as .294 since he is benefiting from a .370+ BABIP.

Devin Mesoraco - Reds  C  DOB: 06/19/88  .322/.410/.537

Mesoraco has an AVG nearly .030 points higher than Montero with a similar BABIP. He is also out-powering the Yankees prospect with an ISO 0.94 higher and walking twice as much. Since Mesoraco is more likely to stick at Catcher I am ranking Mesoraco ahead of Montero for the first time.

Jason Kipnis - Indians  2B  DOB: 04/03/87  .284/.361/.468,  9/0 SB/CS

Kipnis has maintained his strong numbers from last year and is now the top 2B prospect in the minors. He is on the verge of the big leagues and would be a good pick-up in AL-only leagues once called up.

Lonnie Chisenhall - Indians  3B  DOB: 10/04/88  .268/.361/.426

The .361 OBP is very nice but the .268 AVG and .426 SLG are not as pleasing. A hot spring got people excited about the Indians prospect but with a career .272 AVG in 1600+ minor league plate appearances it is clear he won't hit for a very high AVG in the majors. With only 20-25 HR power he may not develop into a fantasy dynamo. If your league counts OBP he will hold more value. He remains a safe bet to be a major league regular, however, he shouldn't be ranked ahead of Moustakas for fantasy purposes.

Kyle Gibson - Twins  SP  DOB: 10/23/87  3.90 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 5.82 K/BB

Gibson is pitching very well and should make his major league debut at some point this season. His K/BB could mean an easy transition to the majors. He will get hit around at times in the bigs but should end up a solid contributor.

Tom Milone - Nationals  SP  DOB: 02/16/87  3.63 ERA, 9.3 K/9, 0.6 BB/9

Milone has been an underrated prospect his entire career because he lacks elite stuff. His fastball usually sits below 90 and he doesn't have a standout secondary pitch. Despite all of these shortcomings he has produce some very nice numbers because where he lacks in physical ability he makes up in mental ability. He uses his "mediocre" arsenal well and has total command of it. He won't become a fantasy star but he is a safe bet to work his way into the Nationals rotation in the not too distant future.