Neil Ramirez | RHP (SP) | Texas Rangers | D.o.B: 5/25/89 | 6’3″ | 185 lbs | B/T: R/R | 1st rd, supplemental, 2007 | TEX #27 ranked prospect per Baseball America 2011 | MiLB Player Page

Ramirez has been quite the story this year.

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Don’t look now, but GMs around the league are nearing the unwritten rule of the June 1st prospect call up. Vast majority of GMs, to save a few million if the prospects pans out, wait for the arbitration service time clock to strike midnight before calling their best names up.

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Jacob Turner | RHP (SP) | Detroit Tigers | D.o.B: 5/21/91 | 6’5″ | 210 lbs | B/T: R/R | 1st rd, 2009 | DET #1 ranked prospect per Baseball America 2011 | MiLB Player Page

One of my favorite young arms in the minors.

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June 1st is just around the corner. There are many prospects that are just waiting for that deadline for their major league call-up. From Ackley to Moustakas to Rizzo to Belt and Jennings, the fantasy world will clamor at their availability and set grandiose expectations for performance.

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Andrew Oliver | LHP (SP) | Detroit Tigers | D.o.B: 12/4/87 | 6’3″ | 210 lbs | B/T: L/L | 2nd rd, 2009 | DET #3 ranked prospect per Baseball America 2011 | MiLB Player Page

Oliver has faced major league batters in his brief career, although, not with much success.

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As of May 13th, Eric Hosmer has started his early MLB career slashing .280/.387/.600 in 25 at-bats with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and a 7:5 K:BB ratio. Granted, it’s a small sample size but his start reminds me of two recent rookies who were similarly hyped: Jay Bruce and Ryan Braun.

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Last week finished up the the Minor League Reviews. Now we’re focusing on top prospects in the game, providing a detailed analysis on specific players. As the season progresses, the prospects might become a bit more obscured.

Danny Duffy | KC | LHP (SP) | D.o.B: 12-21-88 | Royals #7 ranked prospect per Baseball America (2011)

Duffy throws a 95 to 97 MPH fastball with ease, typically running in the 92 to 95 MPH range.

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Exciting news on prospect fronts with the promotions of Julio Teheran and Eric Hosmer. There was also scary news for all Orioles fans as Manny Machado left a game on Thursday with a knee injury. He was later diagnosed with a dislocated knee cap.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm rankings via Baseball America (2010)
2010 (1) | 2009 (4) | 2008 (1) | 2007 (1) | 2006 (10) | 2005 (9) | 2004 (9)

Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [84 – 78] AL East
AAA: [88 – 55] International League – Durham
AA: [72 – 65] Southern League – Montgomery
A+: [80 – 59] Florida League – Charlotte
A: [61 – 78] Midwest League – Bowling Green
A(ss): [39 – 36] New York – Pennsylvania – Hudson Valley

The Run Down
The Rays have enough young, good pitchers that they can just pull one out for a spot start with mild success like Alex Cobb.

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Rehabbing a broken hamate bone, Domonic Brown has sustained early power upon his return. With two home runs, a double and three singles in his first three games, he looks like he might be an exception to the rule about players losing power coming back from this injury.

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