2012 Prospect Hot Sheet Wrapup

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.

Rk. Player Pos. Org Pts
1 Wil Myers of KC 57
2 Danny Hultzen lhp Sea 53
3 Trevor Bauer rhp Ari 44
3 Jose Fernandez rhp Mia 44
5 Alen Hanson ss Pit 40
6 Anthony Rizzo 1b CHC 38
7 Zack Wheeler rhp NYM 37
8 Travis d’Arnaud c Tor 36
9 Dan Straily rhp Oak 35
10 Jesse Biddle lhp Phi 34
11 Andrew Chafin lhp Ari 33
12 Miles Head 3b Oak 31
13 Cody Buckel rhp Tex 30
14 Billy Hamilton ss Cin 29
14 Christian Yelich of Mia 29
16 Matt Barnes rhp Bos 28
17 Dylan Bundy rhp Bal 27
17 Manny Machado ss Bal 27
17 Kyle Parker of Col 27
17 Nick Maronde lhp LAA 27
21 Will Middlebrooks 3b Bos 26
22 Mike Zunino c Sea 25
23 Jake Odorizzi rhp KC 24
23 Joc Pederson of LAD 24
25 Daniel Corcino rhp Cin 23
25 Delino DeShields, Jr. 2b Hou 23
25 Yordano Ventura rhp KC 23
25 Gerrit Cole rhp Pit 23
25 Danny Rosenbaum lhp Was 23

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.

Rk. Team Preseason

System Rk.

Top 13 Apps Top 13 Players Not Hot Apps Not Hot Plyrs Total Pts
1 Diamondbacks 4 19 10 5 5 167
2 Mets 25 15 10 2 2 150
3 Marlins 28 15 9 1 1 141
4 Mariners 6 14 9 5 5 139
5 Athletics 7 13 8 4 3 136
6 Royals 2 14 6 3 3 136
7 Rangers 1 13 8 3 3 114
8 Red Sox 9 12 7 2 2 114
9 Cubs 14 13 9 2 2 112
10 Rockies 17 14 7 5 5 110
11 Pirates 11 11 6 1 1 107
12 Angels 19 11 9 3 3 100
13 Phillies 27 9 7 3 2 90
14 Astros 18 9 7 9 9 76
15 Reds 16 9 4 1 1 75
16 Blue Jays 5 8 6 3 2 74
17 Orioles 21 7 3 1 1 65
18 Giants 22 8 6 0 0 52
19 Twins 20 5 4 4 3 52
20 Nationals 12 6 4 0 0 51
21 Rays 8 5 4 3 3 48
22 Dodgers 24 6 5 2 2 47
23 Yankees 13 6 5 5 5 45
24 Padres 3 6 4 3 3 41
25 Tigers 23 4 4 1 1 37
26 Brewers 26 5 5 3 2 34
27 White Sox 30 4 3 2 2 33
28 Braves 15 4 3 5 4 30
29 Cardinals 10 5 4 1 1 25
30 Indians 29 1 1 2 2 10

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