It's been a good week for pitchers, especially those wearing Braves colors. Read on to find out which two of Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran or Arodys Vizcaino made the cut this time.

You may have noticed that the Prospect Hot Sheet looks a little different this year. The content is the same, but we've partnered with Bowman Baseball to present Hot Sheet. So in addition to getting the skinny on which prospects are doing the most to help their stock, you can also get a glimpse at the baseball cards of some of baseball's best prospects.

As we have warned for years now, remember that this 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 dates May 21 through last night, May 27.

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

Ethan Martin
Team: high Class A Inland Empire (California)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 2-0, 0.60, 15 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 15 SO
The Scoop: The top of the Hot Sheet is rare territory for California League pitchers. The hitter-friendly circuit has been known to give pitchers whiplash with routine flyballs that often turn into home runs.

Martin appeared on his way to becoming another Cal League statistic, failing to pitch out of the fourth inning in any of his previous three starts entering this week—including a nine earned-run disaster at Lancaster on May 9.

Martin, however, hardly gave batters a chance this week, yielding just one run on four hits (and five walks) over two starts while striking out 15 in 15 innings.

Martin, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2008 out of a Georgia high school, tossed the first nine-inning shutout of his professional career against Bakersfield on Thursday. He limited the the Cal League's worst-hitting team this season to just three hits (none after the fourth inning) and retired 10 consecutive batters to close out the game. He walked two and matched his season high with nine strikeouts.

Martin works with a 93-95 mph fastball and a big-breaking curveball. He has also been experimenting with a changeup this season that apparently was working against Bakersfield.

"I threw a few changeups, and mixing that in with the fastball, that made my mistakes look better," Martin told the San Bernardino Sun.

Added 66ers manager Jeff Carter: "When you're a young guy, you have to learn how to harness your good stuff. He's already got two above-average pitches. Now he adds a changeup."

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Team: Triple-A Durham (International)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 1 BB
The Scoop: Hellickson hit a rare speed bump in his May 19 start at Toledo, laboring through four innings in which he gave up three runs on seven hits. That start ballooned his ERA to 3.24. He responded by flirting with perfection. In his last outing Monday against Pawtucket, he was perfect through six innings and carried a no-hitter into the eighth.

Hellickson is just applying polish at this point. He's proved just about everything he can in the minors, having gone 14-3, 2.58 in 22 Triple-A starts going back to last season (including playoffs). But he faces the considerable roadblock that is the Rays' deep, young rotation. Until one of the big leaguers falters or gets injured, Hellickson will have to be content with tuning up against International League lineups.
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Dan HudsonTeam: Triple-A Charlotte (International)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 SO, 1 BB
The Scoop: Hudson hit rock bottom on April 27, when in a start against Columbus he allowed nine runs on eight hits in only one inning of work. After that outing, his ERA stood at 9.37 and he had allowed six homers through four starts. In five turns since, Hudson has dominated the IL just like we knew he could. He's gone 3-0, 1.97 while striking out 41, walking just six and allowing one home run in five starts. With his 11-strikeout showing last Sunday, Hudson breezed past Aroldis Chapman to assume the league lead for strikeouts per nine innings with 10.99.
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Todd FrazierTeam: Triple-A Louisville (International)
Age: 24
Why He's Here: .333/.381/.810 (7-for-21), 5 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: The start to Frazier's 2010 season has left him in a very unusual spot. A career .296  hitter, Frazier has hit wherever he's gone. But this year, Frazier got off to an awful start and was hitting .190 as recently as last Saturday (he earned Not-So-Hot status last week). He's finally shown signs of getting comfortable at the plate this week—he had a two home run game on Sunday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and another homer on Tuesday. Frazier still doesn't have a defensive home, but he's playing third base right now while Juan Francisco recovers from an appendectomy.
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Randall DelgadoTeam: high Class A Myrtle Beach (Carolina)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 0-1, 1.29, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 12 SO, 0 BB
The Scoop: Delgado needed some time to get acclimated to full-season ball last year, going just 1-7, 5.66 through the end of June in 2009 with low Class A Rome. Suffice it to say his adjustment period has been much shorter after moving up to Myrtle Beach this year. Outside of one start in which he was roughed up for five earned runs in six innings, he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start.

Delgado has endured some tough-luck losses (including a 1-0 loss this week) on his way to a 2-4, 2.43 record through 59 innings. Delgado leads the Carolina League with 68 strikeouts, but one of the most encouraging signs for him has been his command, as he's handed out just 12 walks and held opponents to a .207 average. This is also the fourth straight week that either Delgado or Braves running mate Julio Teheran have made the Hot Sheet.
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Bryan MorrisTeam: Double-A Altoona (Eastern)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: 2-0, 1.64, 11 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 13 SO, 3 BB
The Scoop: Morris was too much for the high Class A Florida State League, where he left behind a microscopic 0.60 ERA in 44 2/3 innings when the Pirates promoted him to Altoona last week. Morris made his Double-A debut last Friday by striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings against Erie, then followed that up with another six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in Akron on Wednesday. When he wasn't striking hitters out, he was still able to induce weak contact in putting together a 13-6 groundout-to-flyout ratio. After battling injuries for most of the last two years, Morris, who features two plus pitches in his fastball and curveball, is finally getting his frontline potential to show through.
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Mike StantonTeam: Double-A Jacksonville (Southern)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .348/.478/.652 (8-for-23), 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 3 BB, 3 SO
The Scoop: Throughout his minor league career, Stanton has been a right fielder, but the Marlins have started him in left four times in the past six games. The reason? Big league left fielder Chris Coughlan has struggled to stay above the Mendoza line. It's hard to miss the connection. By the end of next week, we could see Stanton become the most anticipated Marlins' promotion since Miguel Cabrera jumped to the big leagues as a 20-year-old in 2003. Stanton could use some more time in the minors to continue to add polish, but it's hard to argue that he can't help the big league club right now.
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Ben RevereTeam: Double-A New Britain (Eastern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .452/.528/.548 (14-for-31), 3 2B, 4 RBIs, 5 R, 5 BB, 0 SO, 4-for-5 SB
The Scoop: Revere has done nothing but hit everywhere he's gone, carrying a .337 career average in three pro seasons coming into this year. So it was a little jarring to see Revere hit a mere .274/.361/.306 in April. Chalk it up to him needing a little time to catch up to the speed of Double-A, because the Rock Cats' leadoff hitter has gotten back to his old ways in May.

Revere has climbed up to fourth in the Eastern League batting race after hitting .362/.429/.527 in 105 at-bats this month. He's also always been noted for how rarely he swings and misses, but Revere has outdone himself lately. Revere hasn't struck out in a game since May 6, a span of 81 at-bats. That's not a misprint. By comparison, Double-A Erie's Wilkin Ramirez (who you can read more about below) has gone down on strikes 34 times since the last time Revere did so.
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Andrew CashnerTeam: Triple-A Iowa (Pacific Coast)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
The Scoop: We may not have much longer to honor Cashner. The Cubs' 2008 first-round pick moved to the bullpen this week after his third consecutive dominating start for Iowa while Jay Jackson moved back into the rotation. The move could be the precursor to a promotion to the Cubs' bullpen. Carlos Zambrano is moving back into the rotation, which means Chicago needs another solid arm in the pen. Cashner has given every indication he's ready to fill that role, what with his 58-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio and all.
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Tim BeckhamTeam: high Class A Charlotte (Florida State)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .458/.615/.750 (11-for-24), 1 HR, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 8 R, 4 RBIs, 4 BB, 4 SO, 3-for-5 SB
The Scoop: Beckham seems to be turning the corner after a disastrous April (.145/.242/.291) carried into May. He managed just five hits in his first 34 at-bats this month, dropping his average to .141 on May 14 and raising more questions about the Rays' choice to use the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft on the Griffin, Ga., prep product.

Beckham, however, has since worked his average north of the Mendoza line with multi-hit outings in six of his last eight games, including a 4-for-5 outing on May 21 against Brevard County. He has shown better discipline during the stretch, striking out just seven times while drawing four walks.
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J.P. ArencibiaTeam: Triple-A Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Age: 24
Why He's Here: .393/.379/.786 (11-for-28), 2 HR, 5 2B, 8 RBIs, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: Arencibia's power will play anywhere. He has smacked seven home runs through 38 games this season, including two in two games at Round Rock the past two days. In addition to the homers, Arencibia went a robust 6-for-10 with four doubles. But for a catcher with terrific power—he has crushed 21 and 27 bombs in the past two seasons—his downside is steep, as illustrated above by a lower on-base percentage than batting average. But if you're looking for signs of improvement, there's this: Arencibia is on pace to shatter his previous high for walks in a season (26), and his .313 on-base percentage would be his highest since his Florida State League days.
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Hank CongerTeam: Triple-A Salt Lake (Pacific Coast)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .526/.684/.789 (10-for-19), 5 2B, 6 R, 4 RBIs, 3 BB, 3 SO
The Scoop: Conger's improvements have been so imperceptible that they've gone largely unnoticed this season. He's anything but flashy, but consider this: the switch-hitting catcher began the season as the youngest position player in the PCL. Now consider that he hits for average (.284), hits for power (.455 slugging), controls the strike zone (18 walks, 20 strikeouts) and has caught 27 of his 37 games for the Bees. While he's never going to be confused with Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate, Conger has gunned down 11 of 35 basestealers (31 percent) this season to rank eighth among qualified PCL catchers. And it's a 16-team league. In case you're wondering, he compiled the line above on a road trip through Omaha and Des Moines.
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Arodys VizcainoTeam: low Class A Rome (South Atlantic)
Age: 19
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
The Scoop: Vizcaino has plopped down a chair and made himself comfortable—this is his second straight week in the final spot on the Hot Sheet. Combined with Randall Delgado (see No. 5 on this list) and Julio Teheran, the Braves have the makings of another set of Young Guns. Vizcaino's stuff is impressive, but he's showing some polish too—he hasn't walked a batter in the past 22 innings. He's issued just nine free passes all season. He also keeps the ball in the ballpark—he's allowed one home run this year.
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It's been a little bit of an up-and-down first full season for Royals C Wil Myers, but there have been more ups lately. The 19-year-old with low Class A Burlington hit .381/.519/.619 (8-for-21) this week with two doubles and a home run. An advanced hitter for his age, Myers has already shown uncommon patience having drawn 27 walks in 43 games while raising his average to .271. He has hit .315/.462/.493 so far in May . . . For the second time in three starts, Red Sox RHP Stolmy Pimentel carried a no-hitter through six innings for high Class A Salem before being pulled. He actually was perfect through six at Myrtle Beach on May 15. The 20-year-old's lone blemish last night was a two-out walk in the fifth. What makes Thursday's outing even more impressive is Pimentel did it against Winston-Salem, the Carolina League's most prolific offensive club. In two starts on the week, Pimentel tossed 11 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs with 11 strikeouts and four walks . . . Poor Simon Castro. The Padres RHP doesn't have the attendant baggage that Mat Latos did last year when he breezed through Double-A San Antonio on his way to big leagues last season. No, all Castro has been is diligent and downright dominating. In his start last Sunday, the 22-year-old completed seven three-hit, one-run innings against first-place Frisco. He struck out five, walked two and induced 13 outs on the ground. Castro ranks first in the Texas League with a .189 opponent average, second with his 0.95 WHIP and third with his 1.75 ERA. He keeps the ball on the ground, having allowed just three home runs in eight starts to go with a 2.18 ground-to-fly out ratio . . . Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Nick Barnese and Alex Colome are exciting, but don't sleep on fellow Rays RHP Wilking Rodriguez. The 20-year-old Venezuelan with low Class A Bowling Green lowered his ERA to 3.23 in 53 innings after his last two starts, in which he allowed a combined two earned runs in 13 innings with 13 strikeouts and only one walk . . . As a 23-year-old with plus-plus raw power, Dodgers RF Kyle Russell should flourish in the high Class A California League, and that's exactly what he's doing. A .341/.433/.641 hitter through 45 games with 12 home runs, Russell hit three of those dingers in the last seven days, going .444/.632/1.000 on the week . . . Nationals 1B Chris Marrero has been a disappointment of a first-round pick and is hitting just .254/.308/.420 in 47 games with Double-A Harrisburg, but he at least picked things up this week. Marrero's best tool is his power, and he showed it off by going deep four times this week for the Senators, giving him seven home runs on the year.


Wilson Ramos, c, Twins. Ramos had his day in the sun. The 22-year-old went 7-for-9 with three doubles in his first two big league games at the beginning of May. But the drop off since then has been precipitous. Ramos went just 1-for-18 in the other five games of his big league stay, and he has yet to recover his stroke with Triple-A Rochester. In 10 games (three of them as DH), he has batted .116/.116/.233 (5-for-43) with no walks and nine strikeouts. Ramos has contributed the occasional long hit in that time, clubbing two doubles and a home run.

Josh Vitters, 3b, Cubs. The Cubs promoted the 20-year-old Vitters from high Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee in early May just as he was starting to heat up in the FSL. At the time, he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and had upped his line to .291/.350/.445 in 110 at-bats. Going to the Southern League has cooled Vitters' bat off once again. He's hitting just .246/.259/.368 in 57 at-bats for the Smokies, and he suffered through a tough .048/.091/.048 (1-for-21) week with five strikeouts. Vitters always goes to the plate to hit—he's yet to draw a walk in 17 Double-A games.

Jaff Decker, lf, Padres. High Class A Lake Elsinore has won two-thirds of its games and cruised to the top of the California League standings. However, they haven't gotten much production from one of the Padres' best hitting prospects. The 20-year-old Decker has a powerful lefthanded stroke and a discerning batting eye, yet he's batted just .133/.204/.267 through his first 12 games in one of the friendliest hitter's leagues out there. He cracked three doubles last week but otherwise went 4-for-22 (.182) with no walks and 12 strikeouts. His ratio on the year: 2-to-22. Decker began the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, which might explain some of his early trouble—but we never would have expected this from a man who carried a .466 on-base percentage into the season.

Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals. Miller's pro debut has been filled with ups and downs, which is somewhat to be expected with a teenager with an elite fastball and sometimes iffy command. A couple of weeks ago, his manager called out his mound presence in a relatively short outing. This week, Miller seemed to struggle with the heat of a noon start. Miller, 19, lasted only two innings as he was lifted after giving up hits to the first four batters of the third inning—his line of 2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO is the worst of his brief career. Despite a 5.25 ERA, Miller hasn't been awful, but he's had too many deep counts which explains why he's made it out of the fifth only three times in nine starts.


Wilkin Ramirez, of, Tigers. There aren't many more puzzling prospects than Ramirez. See him on a good day, like the one he had on Wednesday (three home runs against Trenton) and he looks like the ideal prospect. He can hit for power, he can run and he can play an OK center field. But there are too many days like Ramirez's previous game against Trenton when he struck out three times on his way to an 0-for-4 day. Ramirez has been in the Tigers organization for eight years now, and he's been in Erie on-and-off since 2007. Seeing Ramirez in Erie after he spent all of last season in Triple-A Toledo and Detroit may seem strange, but his .247/.320/.546 line doesn't really argue for a promotion. He is leading the league with 13 home runs, but then he also leads with 69 strikeouts.


Paul McAnulty, lf/dh, Angels. The 29-year-old McAnulty endured a particularly tough season in Triple-A last year, so when the Angels signed him in February they assigned him to Double-A Arkansas. And if it weren't for the presence of Mike Moustakas in the Texas League, then McAnulty would be your league leader in average (.345) and slugging (.676). As it stands, he leads the loop with 14 home runs and 96 total bases—though he did get a two-week head start on Moustakas. McAnulty argued convincingly for a bump to Triple-A with his showing this week: 9-for-17 (.529) with four homers, two doubles (1.353 slugging), six walks and seven RBIs.


Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Phillies. Singleton caught scouts' eyes on the high school showcase circuit in 2008, but an underwhelming season as a high school senior last year kept him on the draft board until the Phillies nabbed him in the eighth round. Philadelphia trusted their reports that Singleton was an advanced hitter for his age and gave him $200,000. He's looking like a bargain right now. Singleton, 18, joined low Class A Lakewood in mid-May and has hit in 13 of 14 games since getting in the lineup.

The lefthanded hitter currently is riding an 11-game hitting streak and has shown his share of both patience and power, having homered four times and walked nine times on his way to a .429/.508/.755 line through 49 at-bats. This week alone, Singleton hit .520/.556/.920 (13-for-25) with a pair of homers, four doubles and nine RBIs.