Prospect Hot Sheet: May 22-29

See also: Previous Prospect Hot Sheet

In this week’s version of the Prospect Hot Sheet, we find an even spilt among the top 10 spots.

Three notable names missing from this week’s list are Angels righthander Nick Adenhart, Rays righthander Wade Davis and Twins righthander Kevin Slowey.

That doesn’t mean we don’t still have love for them or that they aren’t worthy of mention . . . it simply means that 10 names were hotter this week and we’re all about turnover.

this is not a rewrite of our Top
100 prospects
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prospects are currently riding the biggest hot

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1. Jeremy Sowers, lhp, Indians (Triple-A Buffalo)
Sowers bowed to righthander Fausto Carmona as the first pitcher called up by the organization earlier this season, but there’s no doubt who’s number GM Mark Shapiro has on speed dial now. Sowers has dominated all season in Buffalo with 6-1, 1.12 numbers in 72 innings overall.
2. Yovani Gallardo, rhp, Brewers (High Class A Brevard County)
Mark who? Gallardo posted his fourth double-digit strikeout performance in his last start, and has won three starts in a row to boost his overall numbers to 5-3, 2.18 with 77 strikeouts in 58 innings in the Florida State League.
3. Jered Weaver, rhp, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Tossed a complete game shutout in his final start in Triple-A before dealing in his big league debut. Maybe Jeff will be inspired. Weaver’s final numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League stand at: 4-1, 2.05 with 66 strikeouts in 57 innings. Will he add to them?
4. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b, Indians (Double-A Akron)
Kouzmanoff leads the minor leagues with a .427 average, and is the only one batting over .400. Though he only played in four games last week, the 2003 sixth-rounder batted .642 (9-for-14), hit three bombs and drove in 10.
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, cf, Red Sox (High Class A Wilmington)
Returning to the lineup after missing nearly a month with a hamstring strain, a beat was the one thing Ellsbury didn’t miss. The 2005 first-rounder collected 10 hits over his first week back and tested the leg right away, ripping off five bags in six attempts.
6. Adam Lind, of, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)
Lind was an afterthought in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League last October when he batted .238 for the Peoria Saguaros. But the third-rounder out of South Alabama in 2004 has been hitting for both average and power this season for the Fisher Cats. Last week, Lind belted three homers, drove in 12 and batted .412.
7. Humberto Sanchez, rhp, Tigers (Double-A Erie)
Just keeps dealing. Sanchez got in two starts last week, going 1-1, 0.61 with 18 strikeous in 15 innings. The 23-year-old righthander is now 5-3, 1.84 with 77 strikeouts in 64 innings and opponents are hitting .190 against him.
8. Matt Garza, rhp, Twins (Double-A New Britain)
Speaking of still dealing, Garza might have allowed four runs in his last start, but those overall numbers of 2-0, 2.04 with a 27-3 strikeout-walk ratio in 18 Double-A innings–after dominating the high Class A Florida State League–keep him in the Top 10.
9. Trevor Crowe, of, Indians (High Class A Kinston)
One of the steadiest hitters in the minors in his first full season after being a first-rounder out of Arizona last year, Crowe’s success starts with his ability to get on base. Thanks mainly to a 37-36 strikeout-walk ratio, Crowe owns a .421 on-base percentage. He’s also hitting (.305) and stealing bases (19 in 23 attempts).
10. Joe Koshansky, 1b, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa)
Criticized for being too old for the South Atlantic League last season when he belted 36 homers at low Class A Asheville, the 23-year-old skipped a level and now is raking in Double-A. Koshansky, a sixth-round pick out of Virginia in 2004, is hitting .299/.387/.557 overall.


Johnny Cueto, rhp, Reds (Low Class A Dayton): Cueto,
20, features a low 90s fastball, slider and changeup and has been very
effective this season, particularly over his last three starts. The
righthander, who signed out of the Dominican in 2004, tossed another seven shutout innings, whiffing seven in his last outing to bring his overall numbers to 5-1, 2.49 with a 59-6 strikeout-walk ratio in 47 innings.
Matt Tuiasosopo, ss, Mariners (High Class A Inland Empire): 11-for-27 last week to raise his average to .323. However, he has only one home run and a 40-6 strikeout-walk ratio.
Charlton Jimerson, of, Astros (Triple-A Round Rock): It’s taken Jimerson five years to finally get some solid consistency at the plate, and the 26-year-old has never hit like this. In 201 at-bats, the fifth-round pick in 2001 is hitting .303/.330/.572 with 10 homers.
Scott Mathieson, rhp, Phillies (Double-A Reading): Big turnaround after so-so start to the season, Double-A Connecticut figured out the only way to hit Mathieson in his last start was to clear the benches. Still, the 22-year-old Canadian wound up with the win and is now 4-2, 3.29 with 73 strikeouts in 66 innings.
J.R. Towles, c, Astros (Low Class A Lexington): With three of his five home runs last week, the power is starting to come as well.
Elijah Dukes, of, Devil Rays (Triple-A Durham): That week off at home in Tampa didn’t do anything to Dukes’ rhythm at the plate–if anything it helped him. Batted .304 last week with a pair of homers and 12 RBIs.
John Drennen, of, Indians (Low Class A Lake County): Seamless return from a dislocated thumb. With three multi-hit games last week he is now hitting .330/.408/.484.
Jamie Garcia, lhp, Cardinals (Low Class A Quad Cities): Coming out of nowhere to dominate MWL. Eight shutout innings last week lowered his ERA to 2.28.
Jeff Baker, of, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): Hit .500 last week to raise his season line to .333/.388/.467. Is there room for the erstwhile third baseman in the Colorado outfield?
Jason Hirsh, rhp, Astros (Triple-A Round Rock): Though featured on the Not-So-Hot Sheet on May 1, Hirsh has allowed just two earned runs in 36 innings since and lowered his ERA to 2.88.
Billy Butler, of, Royals (Double-A Wichita): He just keeps on hitting. The 20-year-old’s 58 hits rank third in the Texas League. With 10-for-26 week he is now hitting .296/.355/.464.
Troy Tulowitzki, ss, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): A model of consistency in his first full season. Has gone two games in a row without a hit just twice, and doubled his home run total with three last week.
Scott Lewis, lhp, Indians (High Class A Kinston): Lewis has been amazing all season, despite being limited with strict pitch counts. In 41 innings, Lewis is 1-1, 0.44 with a 56-4 strikeout-walk ratio.
Brian Bixler, ss, Pirates (High Class A Lynchburg): Speaking of consistent, has now reached base safely in 21 consecutive games and is hitting .321/.412/.446.
Jose Arredondo, rhp, Angels (High Class A Rancho Cucamonga): The Cal League is for pitchers as far as Arredondo is concerned. With three earned runs allowed in last 16 innings, now has league’s third best ERA (2.28) and leads league with 68 punchouts in 47 innings.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c, Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Still not much going on for Salty in Double-A. The Braves have been giving him a little more time off behind the plate, but that hasn’t reaped any rewards as of yet. Salty’s overall numbers dipped to .204/.317/.321 in 162 at-bats.
Chris Volstad, rhp, Marlins (Low Class A Greensboro)
Not really sure what’s going on here, other than Rake City. Volstad is getting hit hard with 80 hits allowed in 68 innings. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed 10 earned runs on 19 hits in only 12 innings.
Corey Ragsdale, ss, Mets (Double-A Binghamton)
Ranks third in the minors in strikeouts with 70 in 166 at-bats and his overall numbers read: .205/.289/.301.
Kellen Raab, rhp, Diamondbacks (High Class A Lancaster)
Speaking of being raked, Raab’s no stranger to allowing a ton of hits this season. In 50 innings, the 2003 25th-rounder has allowed 81 hits.
Jeff Fiorentino, of, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Hasn’t bounced back from the ankle sprain that caused him to miss the last two weeks of April, Fiorentino is now hitting a dismal .206/.276/.362 in 141 at-bats.


Rocco Baldelli, of, Devil Rays (Triple-A Durham)
As the 2006 draft approaches, the talent level is being compared with 2000, when the talent wasn’t worth getting excited about. Trying to find a legitimate hitter still in the minor leagues from the 2000 draft is a tough assignment, but that got a little easier when Baldelli came to Durham for a rehab assignment, hitting .467 (7-for-15) over his first week.


Jeff Baisley, rhp, Athletics (Low Class A Kane County)
Baisely is climbing up the leader board in the Midwest League. The 2005 12th-rounder out of South Florida added six RBIs to his league leading total last night and also leads the circuit with 11 home runs. With an eight-game hit streak, he is now hitting .308/.399/.574.