We've filed the last Hot Sheet for another year. After more than a decade of compiling a weekly look at who are the hottest prospects in the game, we still love taking a look at who is tearing up the minor leagues.
The Hot Sheet has been going on long enough now that Mark Teixeira, Victor Martinez, Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez were among the first players to be spotlighted on the Hot Sheet. Over the years, the Hot Sheet has gotten bigger and bigger, as a list that was once limited to 12 players a week plus some honorable mentions now breaks down 27 players a week in a variety of categories.
But before we say good-bye to another year of the Hot Sheet, here's a look at which prospects and organizations had the most Hot Sheet success in 2012. As the disclaimer on each in-season Hot Sheet explains, do remember that the Hot Sheet is not a re-ranking of our Top 100 Prospects list. Instead, it's a look at which prospects had the best week.
To get an idea of which players did best on the Hot Sheet, each spot on the Hot Sheet was given a point value on a sliding scale and we added up the points. Fittingly, Wil Myers, our 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, is also our most honored Hot Sheeter.
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Taking a look at which teams made the most appearances on the Hot Sheet, No. 1 will probably not surprise. With Trevor Bauer, Andrew Chafin, Tyler Skaggs, David Holmberg and Archie Bradley, Arizona has plenty of pitchers who popped up on the Hot Sheet. They also had depth as no team had more players make at least one appearance among that week's top 13.
The next two teams, the Mets and the Marlins, may be less expected. Neither was highly ranked as a farm system coming into the season, but the strong seasons by Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Wilmer Flores gave New York a big boost this year. The Mets also got plenty of appearances from their talented Class A pitching staffs.
The Marlins got great seasons from breakout prospect Jose Fernandez as well as Fernandez's Jupiter teammate Christian Yelich. Those two provided more than half of the points the Marlins racked up in Hot Sheet appearances, but lefthander Adam Conley, power-hitting outfielder Marcell Ozuna and outfielder Kyle Jensen contributed significantly as well.
At the bottom of the list, Jesus Aguilar was the only Indians prospect to make a Hot Sheet top 13 appearance this season. Likely Indians No. 1 prospect Francisco Lindor had a great season, but his consistent success didn't include a week that stood out enough to crack a top 13 spot.
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