The Prospect Hot Sheet is not a re-ranking of the Top 100 Prospects. This is a snapshot of which top prospects are excelling and which ones are struggling right now. Stats cover the period from Aug. 26-Sept. 1.

Contributing: Ben Badler, J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy and Jim Shonerd.

No. 1 EDDIE ROSARIO, CF
TWINS
Eddie Rosario
Team: Rookie-level Elizabethton (Appalachian)
Age: 19
Why He's Here: .538/.625/.962 (14-for-26), 2 HR, 1 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBIs, 12 R, 6 BB, 4 SO, 2-for-2 SB
The Scoop: Rosario won co-player of the year honors in the Appy League, and it's easy to see why. The 2010 fourth-round pick batted .337/.397/.670 with 21 homers and 17 stolen bases in 67 games to help guide Elizabethton to its seventh straight playoff appearance. Rosario led the league in homers, slugging, runs (71) and triples (nine). His 21 blasts were the most run home runs by an Appy League hitter since the Astros' Mitch Einertson launched 24 for Greeneville in 2004.

Rosario's Twins are deadlocked one game apiece with Bluefield in the first round of the Appy playoffs. He's played his part by going 3-for-7 with a double, two walks and two runs scored (reflected above).
2011 Stats

No. 2 SONNY GRAY, RHP
ATHLETICS
Team: Double-A Midland (Texas)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 2 GS, 10 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 9 SO, 1 BB
The Scoop: Trevor Bauer has been getting the attention for an excellent post-draft debut, but another first-round righthander is matching him pitch for pitch. Gray was dominating again this week, as he continued to blank the rest of the Texas League. In two outings this week, he tossed 10 scoreless innings to extend his Double-A streak to 16 innings without allowing a run. The only run Gray has allowed since turning pro occurred in his four-inning outing in the Arizona League to shake off the rust.

Like Bauer, Gray was expected to move quickly, but his first five pro outings have gone even better than the A's could have expected. It's not out of the question that Gray could start next year in Triple-A, just a call away from the big leagues.
2011 Stats

No. 3 TYLER SKAGGS, LHP
DIAMONDBACKS
Team: Double-A Mobile (Southern)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO
The Scoop: Mike Trout alone will provide the Angels incredible value for their 2009 draft, as the 25th overall pick has torched through the minor leagues and raced his way to the big leagues by age 20. Now consider that 15 picks later, the Angels also added Skaggs, who has gone on to become one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and isn't far away from a big league job himself. While the Angels no longer have Skaggs—he went to Arizona last year in the Dan Haren deal—he's dazzled as a Diamondback, ranking fourth in the minors in strikeouts with 191 in 154 1/3 innings.
2011 Stats

No. 4 OSCAR TAVERAS, LF/RF
CARDINALS
Team: low Class A Quad Cities (Midwest)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: .440/.462/.800 (11-for-25), 4 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 SO
The Scoop: Thanks to an early season hamstring injury, Taveras isn't going to get enough plate appearances to qualify for the Midwest League batting title. He's 29 PAs short of the minimum, but his .381 average is so far ahead of the field that he can take an extended oh-fer and still come out on top. In Taveras' case, adding 29 at-bats without a hit would still leave him with a .348 average, which would lead the league by 20 points.

When Taveras gets hot, it becomes nearly impossible to get him out. He has picked up three or more hits in six of his past 10 games. Taveras' 2011 won't end with his run at a MWL batting title. Impressed by his advanced feel for hitting, the Cardinals assigned Taveras to the Arizona Fall League, even though he's yet to play above low Class A.
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No. 5 GARY BROWN, CF
GIANTS
Team: high Class A San Jose (California)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: .448/.529/.655 (13-for-29), 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBIs, 5 BB, 3 SO, 3-for-5 SB
The Scoop: At this point, it's clear that Brown is ready for Double-A, as he's blitzed through the Cal League with an advanced hit tool and top-scale speed. Hitting .338/.407/.515 with 50 stolen bases, the 2010 first-round pick has lived up to or exceeded expectations at the plate while playing premium defense in center field, earning physical and skill set comparisons to Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos.
2011 Stats

No. 6 LIAM HENDRIKS, RHP
TWINS
Team: Triple-A Rochester (International)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 2-0, 0.64, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 SO
The Scoop: It's been quite a month for Hendriks. When he's been bad, he's been awful—he allowed eight runs and eight hits without striking out a batter in a two-inning disaster in early August. But he's also had stretches like this week where he's awfully tough to score on. Whether he's getting lit up or not, hitters know that Hendriks will be around the plate. He hasn't walked a batter since Aug. 11, and he's only walked 21 batters all season.

The Twins emphasize command with their young pitchers, and Hendriks definitely fits into that template. But he also has good stuff. Hendriks' fastball is potentially a 60 pitch on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, and his changeup and breaking ball are both potentially average pitches. Hendriks doesn't have the dominating stuff to be a frontline starter, but he's not that far away from being ready to be a solid No. 4 of 5.
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No. 7 KOLTEN WONG, 2B
CARDINALS
Team: low Class A Quad Cities (Midwest)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .533/.667/.800 (8-for-15), 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 BB, 1 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: With a home run yesterday, Wong extended his hitting streak to 11 games, though that stretch includes hits on both sides of a two-week stint on the disabled list. Wong's advanced swing and keen eye at the plate are a dangerous combination, and if you throw out a July 28 game in which he appeared only as a pinch runner, he's reached base safely in 18 straight games. The Cardinals' first-round pick in June, Wong's pitch recognition and plate coverage should help him move quickly.
2011 Stats

No. 8 MIGUEL SANO, 3B/SS
TWINS
Team: Rookie-level Elizabethton (Appalachian)
Age: 18
Why He's Here: .310/.375/.862 (9-for-29), 4 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B, 14 RBIs, 5 R, 3 BB, 9 SO
The Scoop: Eddie Rosario's partner in crime with the E-Twins, Sano topped the Appy League with 45 extra-base hits, but finished one off Rosario's pace for homers (20) and RBIs (59). The dynamic duo probably is the first pair of 20-homer teammates in Appy League history (though we'd welcome evidence to the contrary).

The Twins intermittently played Sano at shortstop during the regular season (16 games, 11 errors), but the playoffs are a different matter. He's played both games at third base, though he's gone 0-for-7 with four whiffs. Sano could redeem himself with a big game against Bluefield tonight.
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No. 9 MANNY BANUELOS, LHP
YANKEES
Team: Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: This hasn't been the season that Banuelos expected. After a dominating spring training, many Yankees fans expected to see Banuelos in New York before long. Instead he spent the first half of the season finding himself in Double-A. He had to wait to August to make his Triple-A debut, but as the season's wrapping up, he's showing his best stuff of the season. The 20-year-old lefty put together his best outing of the season on Monday.

Banuelos hasn't been called up to New York yet, and with 128 innings under his belt after never throwing more than 109 in any previous season, there is a chance that the Yankees will just shut him down. But New York also could use another lefty in their pen.
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No. 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ, RHP
PHILLIES
Team: high Class A Clearwater (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 0-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 SO
The Scoop: Rodriguez returns to the Hot Sheet for the second straight week after extending his scoreless streak to 22 innings, spanning his last four starts. This time around, Rodriguez faced Brevard County on Tuesday, the day after his 21st birthday, and breezed through six innings, never allowing a runner to get past second base. Despite far surpassing his career high for innings (he's up to 151 2/3 now,) Rodriguez has only gotten better as the season's gone on. The control-oriented righthander went 2-1, 1.50 in five August starts and has gone 8-3, 2.50 in the second half, ranking second in the FSL in both ERA and strikeouts (96 in 79 innings).
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No. 11 COREY DICKERSON, LF
ROCKIES
Team:  low Class A Asheville (South Atlantic)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .381/.462/1.143 (8-for-21), 5 HR, 1 2B, 8 R, 14 RBIs, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: Dickerson could have made an argument for the Hot Sheet based on his performance last Saturday night alone. He went deep three times that night, a game in which the Tourists tied a Sally League record with eight home runs as a team. Dickerson's lefthanded power bat will have to be what carries him, and it has so far. He hit 13 homers in 69 games in his pro debut last year for Rookie-level Casper, and he's bashed 32 this year for the Tourists. Dickerson has a comfortable lead in the SAL home run race entering the final weekend and he's fourth in the minors. The only hangup is how much of his damage he's done in a very favorable hitting environment at home in Asheville, where he's hit 26 of his homers and is slugging .844 compared to .376 on the road.
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No. 12 JAKE MARISNICK, CF
BLUE JAYS
Team:  low Class A Lansing (Midwest)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .400/.423/.760 (10-for-25), 2 HR, 3 2B, 5 R, 3 RBIs, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: Marisnick's slash stats have improved each month from May onwards, culminating with his .354/.425/.558 line over 113 at-bats in August. His 14 homers for the season are a respectable total by Midwest League standards, and he's impressed with his ability to drive balls to all fields with authority. He also ranks second in the MWL batting race with a .321 average and has gone 35-for-43 stealing bases. He earned his way onto the Hot Sheet with four multi-hit games this week, part of a seven-game hitting streak.
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No. 13 TYLER MATZEK, LHP
ROCKIES
Team: low Class A Asheville (South Atlantic)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 2-0, 0.64, 2 GS, 14 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 15 SO
The Scoop: It's way too early to declare Tyler Matzek fixed, but this week the 2009 first-round pick did take his biggest step forward since the Rockies sent him back home in June. (The Rockies removed him form Asheville's active roster in so that he could try to fix some mechanical issues with his youth pitching coach.) Matzek still battles through control issues at times, but he's not been nearly so hittable since his mid-season tune-up. Before he went back to California, Matzek was lit up to the tune of a .359 opponent average. Since then he's holding hitters to a .168 average.
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IN THE TEAM PHOTO

When the Angels moved RHP Johnny Hellweg to the starting rotation, it was done more to get him innings than for any thought of a long-term role as a starter. But it's worked out better than than the Angels could have expected. Hellweg has always had control issues, but lately he's started throwing more strikes. With a fastball that has flirted with 100 mph, Hellweg always has been hard to hit, and that's become quite apparent recently. The 22-year-old has gone 4-1, 2.12 in 64 innings as a starter with 80 strikeouts, 50 hits allowed and 28 walks. This week he struck out 17 in nine innings. When you consider that he's pitching in the California League, those numbers become all the more remarkable . . . Reds 1B Neftali Soto benefited indirectly from Cincinnati's September callups when he jumped from Double-A to Triple-A Louisville to provide offensive support. He left Carolina with a parting gift—an 8-for-19 week with three more home runs. Soto's final Double-A home run gave him 30 for the year and ensured he'll share the Southern League home run title with Paul Goldschmidt. It's even more impressive when you consider that the 22-year-old Soto missed a month of the season with injury . . . Yankees 3B Dante Bichette Jr. had to settle for second place in the Gulf Coast League batting race, as the Tigers Brandon Eckerle beat him out by 13 points. But that's about the only bad news for Bichette, who had an exceptional pro debut. He wrapped up the regular season this week by hitting .429/.538/.714 with three doubles and a home run. The 18-year-old finished among the league leaders in most offensive categories, and he even led the league in fielding percentage at third base, though questions remain about his long-term position . . . Everything's working out just like the Rays planned when it comes to LHP Enny Romero. He has not allowed a run in three of his last four starts, and he seems to be getting stronger as the season wanes. The 20-year-old lefty isn't a polished pitcher by any measure of the word, but he does have plus stuff, and the Rays have demonstrated time after time that they know how to turn raw pitchers with plus stuff into solid big leaguers. In Romero's case, his 94-95 mph fastball is his calling card, which explains why he's second in the Midwest League with 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings. His secondary stuff is well behind his fastball, and he walks too many hitters at present, but with the Rays' patient approach, he has plenty of time to refine his breaking ball and his command. If the control doesn't improve, he profiles to be a power arm out of the pen, a la Jake McGee . . . Low Class A Savannah CF Darrell Ceciliani, 21, is finishing 2011 with a flourish, batting .320/.421/.443 (31-for-97) with nine extra-base hits and 16 walks in August. The Mets 2009 fourth-rounder batted 11-for-21 (.524) this week with two doubles and three triples . . . The Mets shifted 20-year-old Cesar Puello to center field on June 22, and, coincidentally or not, the erstwhile right fielder found a new gear on offense. In 54 games since the switch, he's batting .281/.339/.474 (48-for-171) with 18 extra-base hits (including six homers) and eight steals for high Class A St. Lucie. (He went 10-for-23 with a homer, two doubles and four steals this week.) Scouts believed in Puello's power potential even as he hit only one homer in low Class A a year ago. Now he needs to tighten his strike zone (18 walks, 100 strikeouts) . . . Dodgers corner OF Joc Pederson's across-the-board tools landed him a $600,000 bonus as an 11th-rounder last year, and he's had an outstanding year as a 19-year-old for Rookie-level Ogden. Pederson leads the Pioneer League in on-base percentage and ranks fourth in batting with a .363/.434/.581 line in 248 at-bats. Pederson is also finishing strong, batting 14-for-23 (.609) with one homer and three doubles in the last week


NOT-SO HOT SHEET

Che-Hsuan Lin, of, Red Sox. Does Lin have a future in Boston? If so, it's most likely as a backup outfielder, though he'll have to take several steps forward to reach that potential. The 22-year-old has hit just .230/.316/.286 in 82 games for Triple-A Pawtucket. While he's shown solid plate discipline and the ability to put the ball in play, those batted balls have inflicted minimal damage, with just two home runs and only a handful of extra-base hits. An 0-for-20 with seven strikeouts this week didn't do much to pad his stat line, either.

Trevor Bauer, rhp, Diamondbacks. Bauer's introduction to pro ball had been a breeze. All of that changed on Tuesday night. Bauer didn't have his usual command, and the results were ugly: eight hits, three walks and 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. That bad outing means nothing for Bauer's long-term chances of success, but it does slow down the push to get Bauer up as part of the Diamondbacks' big league rotation.

Stolmy Pimentel, rhp, Red Sox. An 0-9, 9.12 start to the season at Double-A Portland earned Pimentel a trip back to high Class A Salem. He's been better there, but still he's gone just 5-4, 4.84. In his most recent start, Pimentel allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. Pimentel's stuff hasn't diminished—in fact, he's throwing a little harder this year—but he's not generating much plane with his fastball and his secondary stuff has regressed. For the 21-year-old Pimentel, the 2011 season can't end soon enough.

Mike Foltynewicz, rhp, Astros. It's probably safe to count Foltynewicz among those players ready to see this season end. The 19-year-old has shown off the power arm that got him drafted in the first round last year, but his secondary pitches have been inconsistent and he's had a miserable second half for low Class A Lexington. He hasn't been able to finish off hitters in spite of his plus velocity, striking out just 5.91 per nine innings. Foltynewicz has gone 1-5, 5.98 in 11 starts since the beginning of July, giving him the fourth-worst ERA among qualifying Sally League pitchers during that span. In two starts this week, Foltynewicz was battered by West Virginia and Savannah, going 0-1, 8.68 and allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits in 9 1/3 innings.

MAN AMONG BOYS

Stephen Strasburg, rhp, Nationals. In his final tune-up for his return to the majors next Tuesday, Strasburg allowed only one hit, carried a perfect game into the fifth and faced the minimum in six innings for Double-A Harrisburg. His fastball velocity has been right where it was before his injury. Strasburg may not have the same feel for his breaking ball in this September tuneup, but everything he's shown seems to make it clear that by next spring we should be seeing the phenom who took the majors by storm in 2010.


BLAST FROM THE PAST

Shairon Martis, rhp, Nationals. The Nationals finally have a wealth of young pitching. Jordan Zimmerman and John Lannan are well established in the rotation after excellent 2011 seasons. Stephen Strasburg is back and is expected to make his 2011 major league debut on Tuesday. Brad Peacock will have to be considered a competitor for a rotation spot, as well, after a dominating year in the high minors. Control specialist Tom Milone will get a September audition. Now, the 24-year-old Martis is also showing that he's not ready to be forgotten. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A Harrisburg against New Hampshire this week. For the season Martis is striking out 10 batters per nine innings. He spent nearly half a season in the big leagues already, but don't hold that against him—back in 2009 the Nationals were trying anyone and everyone as 12 different pitchers made at least one start.

HELIUM WATCH

Brandon Drury, 3b, Braves. A fitting Hot Sheet bookend to Eddie Rosario at No. 1, Drury won co-player of the year honors in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. An astute 13th-round pick by the Braves in 2010 out of an Oregon high school, Drury impressed Appy League managers with his feel for hitting and snap in his bat. He narrowly missed out on the league's batting title. Drury went 1-for-2 on the season's final day, but Bluefield's Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 to edge him by the narrowest margin, .3474 to .3471. (Caveat: stats still unofficial). Drury also belted 23 doubles and eight homers, while striking out just 35 times in 63 games—good for a 31-to-35 extra-base hit-to-strikeout ratio. He opened the Appy playoffs in style, going 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles in two games against Johnson City.