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Minor League Monitor - Southern League

Shawn Tolleson - Dodgers RP DOB: 01/19/88

Tolleson started the year in Low-A and is now tossing heat in AA. With his results so far I wouldn't be surprised to see him pitching for the Dodgers at some point this year. In 36 games between 3 levels he has a 0.81 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 12 walksin 44.2 innings.

Matthew Moore - Rays SP DOB: 06/18/89

After throwing a no-hitter on June 16th he has been nearly as dominant in his 3 starts since. In 19 innings he has allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 22. His most recent start on the 6th lasted 7 innings and he gave up just a single hit, a home run and struck out 10.

Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks 1B DOB: 09/10/87

There has been talk of Goldschmidt getting the call to the majors after the All-Star break. If brought up he could be an immediate source of power. In 298 pro games he has 78 home runs and 87 doubles. He has also made strides in pitch selection this season and his 63/72 BB/K shows it. I believe Goldschmidt will be in a few home run title races in his career and is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. There is a chance he could struggle with contact the way Anthony Rizzo has but he could also post numbers similar to what Mike Stanton put up last year.

Brett Jackson - Cubs CF DOB: 08/02/88

An injury in May caused Jackson's numbers to nosedive and it took all of June to recover. Once July came around he started hitting again and is at .333/.442/.611 in 9 games. When healthy he is an excellent combo of power and speed and could be a 15-30 type in the majors.

Adam Eaton - Diamondbacks CF DOB: 12/06/88

Eaton was one of the top hitters in the California League before being promoted to the Southern League. In 8 games at AA he is hitting .324 with 2 triples and a home run. Combined with his High-A numbers he is hitting .331/.450/.496 with 24/9 SB/CS

Neftali Soto - Reds 1B DOB: 02/28/89

Soto is emerging as one of the better power prospects in AA with a .295 ISO. He still struggles with contact and will likely struggle to post a decent AVG in the majors. The Reds are set at first with Joey Votto so they can give Soto time to grow. If he is able to improve his pitch selection he has great upside that could produce 30 HRs in the majors.

Vincent Catricala - Mariners 3B/1B DOB: 10/31/88

The Mariners young third baseman has blossomed this season and now has a .386 AVG in 11 games after being promoted from High-A. In 82 games between the two levels he has a .356/.425/.598 triple slash and a solid 35/56 BB/K

Nathan Eovaldi - Dodgers SP DOB: 02/13/90

Eovaldi has a 2.21 ERA over his last 10 appearances with 61 strikeouts, 15 walks and 41 hits in 53 innings. The Dodgers would be wise to try out some of their minor leaguers after the break so they can see what they have. Eovaldi probably won't play in the majors this year but he could be promoted to AAA soon and if he succeeds there he may get a September call up.

Alfredo Silverio – Dodgers LF DOB: 05/06/87

Silverio's power has taken a huge leap forward this year and he already has 50 extra base hits after hitting 47 last year. His 14/62 BB/K rate could make him vulnerable when facing higher level pitching. The Dodgers already have Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the majors and Trayvon Robinson and Jerry Sands are the top 2 candidates to take over in Left Field. Silverio could end up trade bait or he will just have to wait for the Dodgers to make some moves before he is given a chance.