Prospect Hot Sheet Chat: July 18

 Q:  Joe from San Francisco asks:
Was Pablo Sandoval considered for the hot sheet? He doing very well since being called up to Double A.

Nathan Rode:
With all star breaks this week, the Hot Sheet was pretty heavy with
Class A, Short Season and Rookie guys. Double-A and Triple-A took a
couple of days off, giving very small sample sizes for those levels.
However, had it been a normal week for those levels, Sandoval would
definitely be on there. He’s 9-for-13 in his last three games. That’s
an awesome transition.

 Q:  Frank from San Fran, Cali asks:
How close was Scott Cousins to making the list this week?

Nathan Rode:
He was on my watch list, but more for Men Among Boys. Cousins is having
a good season and his week was pretty loud, but not louder than other
guys that are a little more league-age appropriate.

 Q:  J.P. from Springfield, IL asks:
Clearly, Low A isn’t much of a challenge for Bumgarner. When can we reasonably expect him to join Alderson and Sosa in the CAL?

Jim Shonerd:
Over the last few years, when the Giants have put good arms in low A,
they’ve usually kept them there a full year. Bumgarner has clearly
conquered the SAL, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends the
duration of the year there nonetheless.

 Q:  Doug from Flushing asks:
do you think will be the highest ranking guys of this years draftee’s
in the next 100? Are there any updates on Tim Beckham from his
performance so far? Finally- Shooter Hunt, sample size, rookie league,
etc or is this even remotely legit?

Nathan Rode:
Guys like T. Beckham, Posey, Matusz, Hosmer, Smoak all have a chance of
being up there. Beckham’s numbers look bad in the Appy League, but he’s
just getting his feet wet. His very athletic and talented and should be
given some time to adjust. He just graduated high school a couple
months ago. Shooter Hunt should be mowing hitters like that in the Appy
League. The Twins don’t have a team between the Appy team and Low A
like a lot of other teams so that team team tends to dominate. Those
numbers are pretty outrageous, but they’ll tone down as he gets higher,
but he could still put up some very good numbers if he stays healthy.

 Q:  adam from terre haute asks:
No Neftali Soto? While i’m at it, how Devin Mesoroco

J.J. Cooper:
Soto was close, and it seems like he’s been close every week. It seemed
like everything for him was just a tick short of what was needed to
make the Sheet. As far as Mesoraco, the rumblings from scouts who have
seen him is that he’s a little thicker around the middle this year and
that his bat speed has slowed a little. He’s definitely scuffled some
lately (.212 in July).

 Q:  Carl from Folsom, CA asks:
Do you expect Jason Heyward to finish the season in Rome or will he move up a level before the end of the season?

Jim Shonerd:
The Braves usually keep their top high school picks in low A for a full
year, so that’s what I’d expect for Heyward (and Freeman). Plus Heyward
has cooled off a tad, hitting .288/.362/.308 in July, so this may not
be the time.

 Q:  Bobby from New York asks:
chance Bobby Brownlie get a shot with the big club this year? I know he
struggled in AAA but his numbers in AA are outstanding.

J.J. Cooper:
It’s a great story how he’s succeeding in Double-A, but his numbers
actually aren’t that great, and they don’t really portend major league
success. He’s striking out very few batters, which puts a lot of
pressure on his team’s defense. The guys who succeed without striking
anyone out are usually pitchers who don’t allow baserunners, keep the
ball on the ground and don’t give up home runs. Brownlie is giving up
home runs and he gives up baserunners, which explains why he got hit
around when he moved up to Triple-A.

 Q:  Andrew from Durham asks:
SAL AS game showed Big Bum can dominate with just his fastball, but how
is his offspeed stuff coming along. Has has his change and slider
developed so far this year, and when will the Giants challenge him in
San Jose?

Jim Shonerd:
As documented in the newest Prospect Pulse, Bumgarner has scrapped his
curveball in favor of a slider. The pitch is still a work in progress,
and is probably another reason he’s still in Augusta, where he can
continue honing it without enduring the unforgiving nature of the Cal

 Q:  Jim from Philly asks:
perfect doesn’t get JA Happ on the hot sheet? This guy didn’t embarrass
himself in the bigs, and now with Myers back and Blanton enroute looks
like he may have to wait a bit longer..

J.J. Cooper:
We hate to say this, but because of bizarre circumstances we missed on
Happ this week. The game was the completion of a July 3 game, and it
goes in the books as him pitching the end of that July 3 game, so
technically he gets a retroactive spot on the Hot Sheet for the week of
July 3, which was when he was in the big leagues with Philly, which
means he shouldn’t have qualified for the Hot Sheet that week. It’s a
bizarre situation, but yeah, Happ is pitching quite well, and he did so
in the big leagues as well, but the path to a starting job in Philly
just got tougher.

 Q:  MM from Tampa asks:
Gio G, Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, James Simmons, Mazzaro, Henry and
his 100 mph heater, an even Italiano already in the A’s system, how
close does the addition of Outman put the A’s in contention with the
Rays for having the most top minor league arms?

J.J. Cooper:
You’ve hit on the two teams with the best set of minor league arms.
Let’s compare, you have Gonzalez, Anderson, Cahill, Simmons, H-Rod and
Mazzaro, Josh Outman, Andrew Bailey and others for the A’s. For the
Rays you have Price, Wade Davis, McGee (although he’s out until next
year), Jeff Niemann, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Mason, Heath Rollins,
Alex Cobb, James Houser, Mitch Talbot and others for the Rays. At the
top end, David Price is at a level above any of the A’s prospects, so
the edge in high-end talent goes to Tampa. I’d say Oakland however has
more relatively safe bets to have productive big league careers
(Cahill, Anderson, Rodriguez and Simmons are all pretty good bets). But
as far as overall depth, I’d go with Tampa.

 Q:  Mark Da Rosa from Yonkers, NY asks:
though the Yankees have a limited amount of position players, don’t
they make it up with exceptional talent from Jose Tabata, Austin
Jackson. Jesus Montero, and Austin Romine? How do you see them doing
when they make it to the big leagues?

J.J. Cooper:
I don’t know about making up for it. That’s a solid group of top
position prospects, but there are other team’s whose position players
will stack up with the Yankees or top it. Take the Rangers for example:
if you count Chris Davis and Max Ramirez plus Engel Beltre, Julio
Borbon, Taylor Teagarden and Elvis Andrus, I’d rather have that group
than the Yankees’ crop.

 Q:  Jim Hendry from Chicago asks:
badly should I feel now that Sean Gallagher threw a gem in his Oakland
debut and suddently Josh Donaldson seems to be the offensive catcher we
thought he was last year at a higher level than we were playing him?

J.J. Cooper:
For anyone who doesn’t know, this is obviously not actually Jim Hendry.
But he should feel no worse than Billy Beane did after seeing Rich
Harden throw well in his first start with Chicago. From hearing Billy
Beane fanboys talk, Harden’s arm was supposed to separate from his body
during his first Cubs start, which explained the mad rush to make a
deal. Beane has made some outstanding trades recently and has added
some impressive talent and depth to his farm system this year, but it’s
hard to say that the Cubs trade ranks as his finest moment because
Donaldson had a good week. The haul from the Phillies trade is
impressive because Cardenas has a chance to be an impact player, which
was the thing more likely lacking from the Harden deal.

 Q:  john from ct asks:
Jennings began the year getting comparisons to Carl Crawford. He hurt
his shoulder and seems to havefallen off the charts. Is he still
injured or is he having trouble at a new level?

J.J. Cooper:
He’s out for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. Here’s the

 Q:  JJ from FL asks:
Kelly signed. Do you know the deal he got? I’m curious. His athletic
ability is not in question, but the bat is. Where do you see him in 4

J.J. Cooper:
Jim Callis is all over this story with the details of his deal. Check
the draft blog for all the news, but it’s a $3 million deal, which is
proof that it’s always good to have the leverage of a football
scholarship. In the long run, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kelly
end up on the mound, but if he wants to hit, which he does, the Red Sox
are OK with him starting as a shortstop. The conversion from position
player to the mound is easier than the other way around so that makes

 Q:  Fred from Michigan asks:
What’s the scouting report on Cole Rohrbough? Is he a legit prospect if he throws a few more injury-free innings?

Jim Shonerd:
The Braves still believe in his stuff, but he’s had a hard time getting
in a grove, that’s for sure. His last outing was encouraging, but
injuries will probably remain a concern for him for awhile.

 Q:  John from Orlando asks:
In a hypothetical Braves-Rays deal, what do you think is a fair return for Teixeira? How about McGee and Eric Hinske?

J.J. Cooper:
I don’t know why the Braves would want Hinske in the deal, and they’d
probably want one of the Rays arms who hasn’t been cut on recently. But
if the Rays wanted to work a deal for Teixeira they have the ammunition
to work a deal out. The crazy thing is that it’s hard to say exactly
what the Rays are looking to upgrade. Offensively they are solid at
most every spot with the exception of shortstop, but they’ve been happy
with what Bartlett has done to help the defense. They have a solid
five-man rotation, with more arms in the minors, and a decent bullpen.