mlb 06/30/08 12:28 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> There were another pair of Minor Midsummer Classics in the past week -- the Texas League All-Star Game and the California/Carolina League All-Star Game.

Next week, we'll take a closer look at the Futures Game rosters, which are now out. Let's start with the Texas League All-Stars and work our way down.

Texas League

Elvis Andrus, SS, Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): Given the amount of time we've spent talking about Andrus, it's hard to believe he won't be 20 until the end of August. He's just starting to figure out his offensive game, but he still managed to hit .279 with 26 steals through half a season in his first taste of Double-A. Even if he spends the entire 2009 season Triple-A, it's looking like the speedy shortstop could hit the bigs at the age of 21.

Kyle Blanks, 1B, San Antonio Missions (Padres): This guy doesn't get enough love, in my opinion. He hit .301/.380/.540 last year, but it was in the California League, so people probably wanted to see more. Personally, I'm intrigued anytime a guy hits 24 homers and drives in 100 runs, no matter the playing environment. Blanks has performed well in the Texas League, hitting .316 through 76 games. The power is down a bit (.463 SLG), but he slugged .600 in June and has posted an impressive .404 on-base percentage. Just 21, Banks may have to wait a little with Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego through at least 2010, but the 6-foot-6, 270-pound slugger is worth tracking, regardless.

Dan Cortes, RHP, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): The Royals get more attention for the young bats that have come through their system, but Cortes is making his presence felt on the mound. The 21-year-old has moved slowly and steadily since being drafted in 2005 and traded to the Royals in '06. He's struck out nearly a batter per inning throughout his career and has been a bit better than that this year. Cortes scuffled a little in June, but he still sports a .233 batting average against.

Dexter Fowler, OF, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): Fowler's performance is really starting to catch up with his tools. He's had a ridiculous June, hitting .365 with a .993 OPS. For the year, the center fielder is up to .316 with seven homers, 22 doubles, a .488 slugging percentage and 15 steals. Fowler is only going to get better with more experience, and there's no telling what his ceiling is at this point.

Will Inman, RHP, San Antonio Missions (Padres): Inman just keeps getting the job done, in some ways overachieving for an undersized right-hander. He's 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA, 97 Ks and a .213 average against in 90 2/3 innings. He's walked 40 batters, but he could soon be a big leaguer if he shows more improvement in the control department.

California/Carolina League

Tim Alderson, RHP, San Jose Giants (San Francisco): The Giants challenged their first-round pick from 2007 by sending him straight to the Class A Advanced California League, and the 19-year-old has responded well. Alderson bounced back from a bumpy May to post a 2.57 June ERA while lowering his walk rate to a much healthier level. He's already on the fast track, even if he spends the whole year in San Jose.

Jake Arrieta, RHP, Frederick Keys (Orioles): Recently named to the U.S. Team for the Futures Game, Arrieta also started for the Carolina League in the All-Star Game. So far, he has a 3.02 ERA, a .201 batting average against and an impressive 91 Ks in 89 1/3 innings. Arrieta should see Double-A at some point this year, unless Olympic duties prevent that from happening.

Peter Bourjos, OF, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels): You have to take note anytime a guy capable of carrying you in one category -- especially steals -- appears on the horizon. Not only is the 21-year-old hitting .345 for the Quakes, he's gone 40-for-43 in stolen base attempts. Bourjos clearly has tons of speed, and it looks like he's starting to develop the necessary hitting skills to help him make the most of his ability.

Pablo Sandoval, C, San Jose Giants (San Francisco): A switch-hitting catcher, Sandoval torched California League pitching for a .359 average and a 1.009 OPS before his recent promotion to Double-A. His defensive skills, while not important in the fantasy world, should help him continue to advance. If he can continue to hit, Sandoval could become a special fantasy backstop.

Matt Wieters, C, Frederick Keys (Orioles): Speaking of special backstops, Wieters can do it all. Also a switch-hitter, the Georgia Tech product batted .345 with 15 homers, 40 RBIs and a 1.024 over 69 games for Class A Frederick. His stellar numbers had fans wondering when he would be promoted to Double-A, and the O's appeared happy enough with his defense to give him the promotion a few days ago. Wieters is off to a solid start for Bowie, having gone 3-for-10 in three games.

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