We're coming off of one of the best weeks for prospect watching all season. Between the Futures Game and the Triple-A all-star game, fans around the country were treated to a chance to see some of the game's best prospects play on a national stage.

The all-star games also helped shake up this week's Prospect Hot Sheet, as many of the usual nominees missed most of the week traveling to and from all-star games.

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 from July 9 through last night, July 15.

Contributing: Ben Badler, Bubba Brown, J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Tyler Jett, Mike Lemaire and Jim Shonerd.

Team: high Class A Wilmington (Carolina)
Age: 20.
Why He's Here:  2-0, 0.00, 11 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 SO
The Scoop: John Lamb is no longer the most impressive teenage pitcher in the Carolina League. Thanks to his July 10th birthday, he now has to content himself to be the best 20-year-old around. His standing as the minors ERA leader (1.39) is still quite safe—he could give up three earned runs in his next start without recording an out and still lead the minors. Such a scenario seems pretty unlikely though as Lamb hasn't allowed an earned run in 30 innings now, stretching back to his June 17th start.

Lamb's Thursday night start was one of his best. He allowed only one hit—a double in an inning where he struck out four batters.
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Team: low Class A Wisconsin (Midwest)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 9 SO
The Scoop: Brewers' 2009 first-rounder Eric Arnett may be experiencing the worst year of his life, but life has been good for the organization's top '08 picks, Double-A second baseman Brett Lawrie and Odorizzi. An Illinois prep product, Odorizzi has hit his stride in the last month, going 3-0, 0.36 with a 32-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last four starts. That's two runs over 25 innings for Odorizzi, who uses a low-90s sinker and curveball to good effect (he's allowing only one home run all year). He ranks second in the Midwest League in opponent average (.202) and strikeouts per nine innings (11.1).
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Kolbrin VitekTeam: short-season Lowell (New York-Penn)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: .429/.467/.679 (12-for-28), 8 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 7 SO, 3-for-4 SB
The Scoop: Nearly a month after signing as Boston's first-round pick out of Ball State, Vitek hit his first professional home run on Tuesday. With a patient approach, Vitek has already drawn 17 walks in 26 games and boasts a .297.411/.407 batting line, and he's been efficient on the basepaths as well with seven steals in eight attempts. While he's off to a nice start, there are a few red flags early on. Vitek is striking out more than expected, with a whiff in one quarter of his trips to the plate. In the field, he's spent half of his games at DH and the other half at third base, where he already has seven errors in 13 games.
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Derek DietrichTeam: short-season Hudson Valley (New York-Penn)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .440/.464/.840 (11-for-25), 3 HR, 1 2B, 7 RBIs, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-2 SB
The Scoop: Fresh off a stellar junior year at Georgia Tech, Rays' second-rounder Dietrich didn't exactly hit the ground running in his first taste of pro ball. He hit .183 in his first 15 games and showed very little power, collecting just four doubles. He has really taken off since July 8, however, raising his season line to .270/.327/.438. He's also currently on a three-game homer streak, which will be in jeopardy tonight when the Renegades take on Williamsport.
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Gary SanchezTeam: Rookie-level Yankees (Gulf Coast)
Age: 17
Why He's Here: .364/.423/.591 (8-for-22), 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs 1 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: While a lot of the top 17-year-olds in the U.S. are playing travel ball before their senior season begins, Sanchez is busy manhandling pitchers several years older than him in the Gulf Coast League. Hitting .378/.461/.622 with four home runs in 20 games, Sanchez is showing why the Yankees signed him last July 2 for $3 million, making him the No. 2 international amateur signing bonus last year behind Twins third baseman Miguel Sano.

Sanchez has shown skills advanced beyond his age when he steps into the batter's box, hitting for average and for power while showing a solid approach. Behind the plate has been a different story. Sanchez's  receiving has never been a strength, and with a league-high 12 passed balls and six errors in 13 games at catcher, he still has plenty of work to do to clean up his defense. Sanchez has a strong arm, but teams have stolen more bases on him than any other catcher in the GCL with 28 in 35 attempts for an 80 percent success rate.
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Brandon BeachyTeam: Double-A Mississippi (Southern)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 SO
The Scoop: Two years after going undrafted and signing a free agent deal with the Braves, Beachy is making quite a name for himself. His spot in the Southern League all-star game was well deserved. Beachy spent most of the year dominating as a reliever, going 1-1, 1.40 with 49 strikeouts in 39 innings, but when a spot in the Mississippi rotation opened up, the Braves jumped at the chance to see what he could do in a starting role at Double-A. He hasn't disappointed. In 30 innings since moving to the rotation, Beachy has gone 2-0, 0.90 and has accumulated a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 44-to-6. He has limited batters to just a .155 average. And he's not doing it with deception: Beachy has a 90-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball.
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Kyle DrabekTeam: Double-A New Hampshire (Eastern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0 0.00, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
The Scoop: After throwing a nine-inning no-hitter on Independence Day, Drabek came back and threw six more shutout innings in his next start. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 19 innings, knocking nearly half a run off his ERA, which now sits at 3.03 through 113 innings. Toronto's top pitching prospect hasn't been striking out batters at an electric clip, but his plus curveball is still an out pitch he can go to when he needs to finish off a hitter.
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Nick BarneseTeam: high Class A Charlotte (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 0-0, 0.00, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
The Scoop: Barnese doesn't have the electric stuff that translates to gaudy strikeout totals. What he does have is plus command, as well as a live fastball, hard slurve, and improving changeup. The result has been one of the best seasons by any pitcher in the Florida State League. In his last 36 innings, he has allowed just four earned runs. With the Yankees promoting Adam Warren to Double-A, Barnese has assumed the league lead in ERA at 2.83. The Rays have been patient with Barnese since he was drafted in 2007 and it seems he will remain in Port Charlotte for the remainder of the season. But it will be interesting to watch if Barnese can continue his success when he doesn't have the heavy air of the Florida State League keeping balls in the park.
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Joe GardnerTeam: high Class A Kinston (Carolina)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0, 1.29 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 9 SO
The Scoop: Gardner's prospect status continues to rise, even if his fastball does the exact opposite. Armed with one of the better sinkers in the minors Gardner breezed through low Class A Lake County before the Indians promoted him to Kinston after a month. Gardner has dominated the Carolina League with a 2.71 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 29 walks in 73 innings. Gardner's fastball has such heavy action that hitters have a difficult time lifting the ball in the air, which is one reason he's allowed just four home runs in 98 innings all year.
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Jaff DeckerTeam: high Class A Lake Elsinore (California)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .455/.586/.636 (10-for-22), 4 2B, 2 RBIs, 9 R, 5 BB, 2 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: Decker battled hamstring troubles in spring training and got off to a dreadful start after joining Lake Elsinore in mid-May. He hit just .170/.231/.287 in 94 at-bats over his first month with the Storm, but he's been coming on over the last month, batting .329/.451/.537 since June 19. Surprisingly, considering his environment, he's still not showing the power he did last year, when he homered 16 times in the pitcher-friendly low Class A Midwest League. He just five long balls for Lake Elsinore and hasn't homered since July 1. Since Decker's value is married to his bat, his recent hitting is a welcome sign.
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Domingo SantanaTeam: short-season Williamsport (New York-Penn)
Age: 17
Why He's Here: .385/.448/.615 (10-for-26), 6 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 BB, 10 SO 0-for-1 SB
The Scoop: It's hard to know just what to make of Santana. The Phillies made him by far the youngest player in low Class A to open the year by aggressively pushing the raw player to the South Atlantic League. The experiment didn't go so well, so the Phillies bumped him down to Williamsport, where he's still one of the league's youngest players. Strikeouts are always going to be a problem for the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Santana—he has 34 in 26 games for the Crosscutters—but he outstanding raw power for his age and a surprising amount of patience at the plate. With the gap between his raw tools and on-field skills, the Phillies will have to exercise patience in bringing Santana along.
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Johermyn ChavezTeam: high Class A High Desert (California)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: .435/.500/1.130 (10-for-23), 5 HR, 1 2B, 12 RBIs, 6 R, 4 BB, 8 SO, 0-for-1 SB
The Scoop: The other guy the Mariners acquired for Brandon Morrow, Chavez has taken full advantage of the hitting conditions at High Desert this season, batting .308/.374/.632 with 14 homers in 46 games at home. The solid, 6-foot-3 slugger has racked up his fair share of strikeouts (92, to rank fifth in the Cal League), but the tradeoff has been power—huge power. With 21 home runs and 44 extra-base hits, he trails only Visalia's Paul Goldschmidt for the league leads.

Recent Mariners farmhands like Carlos Peguero and Alex Liddi made names for themselves in High Desert, but the fact that they've continued to produce in the Double-A Southern League suggests that Chavez's power might be more than a desert mirage.
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Joe BensonTeam:  Double-A New Britain (Eastern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .400/.455/.950 (8-for-20), 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0-for-2 SB
The Scoop: A slow start in April resulted in a demotion to high Class A, but Benson has been a monster upon his return to New Britain. One of the toolsiest players in the Twins' system, Benson is starting to put up the performance to match his raw ability with a .256/.345/.538 batting line in 62 Double-A games. Benson runs well, throws well, plays good defense in right (and occasionally center) and can hit for above-average power. He's probably never going to hit .300, but if he can be a consistent .260-.280 hitter in the big leagues, he has enough other skills to make him a valuable big leaguer.
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High Class A Myrtle Beach has been well represented on this year's Hot Sheet. With Braves phenom Julio Teheran busy pitching in the Futures Game, the Pelicans will have to settle for putting RHP J.J. Hoover in the team photo. Hoover allowed one run in six innings while striking out nine in a win against Wilmington. He's now 3-0, 0.95 in July . . . When Giants 1B Brandon Belt was flirting with .400 at high Class A San Jose, he was one of the revelations of the 2010 season. But since his promotion to the much tougher hitter's environment of the Eastern League, he's picked it up a notch. Belt is hitting .410 at Richmond, and he has a nine-game hitting streak with five home runs in his first 10 Double-A games . . . The strikeouts are coming in bunches for high Class A San Jose LHP Eric Surkamp. The Giants' 2008 sixth-rounder has struck out 24 batters in his past two outings. This week he was 0-1, 2.57 with 10 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings . . . Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia didn't let the Triple-A all-star break stop him from slugging his way into the team photo. The 24-year-old with Triple-A Las Vegas hit four homers in four games to take over the minor league home run league with 26 on the season. He hit .333/.412/1.133 (5-for-15) with six RBIs on the week  . . . Phillies RHP J.C. Ramirez weathered a tough first month in Double-A (5.40 ERA, 10-6 K-BB in three June starts) to sting together perhaps his best run of pitching as a pro. The 21-year-old flamethrower, who joined the organization as part of the bounty from the Mariners for Cliff Lee, has gone 1-1, 2.45 over his last three starts for Reading, running up 20 strikeouts against just four walks in 22 innings. He struck out nine in eight innings against Trenton last night . . . It's starting to look more and more like Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has the Sally League mastered. The 22-year-old hit .476 with three homers and two doubles this week for low Class A Lexington to bump his season line to .362/.433/.598. His batting average and slugging percentage rank first in the league, while his on-base percentage ranks second . . . Dodgers RHP Rubby de la Rosa has worked mostly out of the bullpen for low Class A Great Lakes, but the 21-year-old Dominican allowed only one run in eight inning on Sunday in his fourth start of the year. De la Rosa has a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-90s and peaks even higher in relief, where he spent most of the season as the Loons' closer. Overall, he has a 3.44 ERA in 52 1/3 innings with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks.


Logan Forsythe, 2b, and James Darnell, 3b, Padres. San Diego's righthanded-hitting farmhands hate playing in Double-A San Antonio, where the weather conditions serve to stifle their power production. Forsyth and Darnell, the 46th and 69th picks in the 2008 draft, have been no exceptions. They each punished the high Class A California League on their way to Texas, where each 23-year-old has taken a step backward in terms of production.

While Forsythe (broken hand) and Darnell (finger) have contended with injuries this season, that doesn't completely excuse their .748 and .661 OPS figures. The silver lining: Forsythe boasts a 46-to-50 walk-to-strikeout ratio overall while batting .357/.530/.452 in 25 games on the road; for his part, Darnell has hit .263/.337/.421 in 19 games on the road, a far sight better than his home production.

Derek Norris, c, Nationals. After a breakout 2009 season with Hagerstown in which he hit .286/.413/.513 with 23 home runs, Norris asserted himself as the organization's catcher of the future. But thanks in part to complications from offseason hand surgery, Norris' progress has slowed considerably this season with high Class A Potomac. In his last 5 games, he is hitting just .071/.263/.071 with six strikeouts. He is still adept on getting on-base (.401 OBP) and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a spiffy 45-to-45. But the cavernous ballparks in the Carolina League have sapped a lot of his power as he has just 5 home runs and is slugging just .354

Reymond Fuentes, cf, Red Sox: The 19-year-old Fuentes has mostly held own with low Class A Greenville, but the Red Sox's 2009 first-round pick has had his growing pains. Fuentes hasn't had an extra-base hit since June 19 and is batting just .185/.241/.185 in 27 July at-bats. On the bright side, he's shown a feel for stealing bases, going 28-for-30, but he hasn't stood out much offensively otherwise, hitting .264/.316/.374 and drawing just 12 walks all season. He hit .158/.238/.158 (3-for-19) this week.

Luke Bailey, c, Rays: When Tampa drafted Bailey in the fourth round last year, they knew they'd have to be patient as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery. But this is a little slower than they may have expected. Bailey was considered one of the top high school catchers in the 2009 draft, but while Max Stassi has 11 home runs in the Midwest League and Wil Myers is already in high Class A, Bailey is 7-for-62 (.113) in the Gulf Coast League. He does have two home runs, but he also has struck out in more than a third of his at-bats.


When the Royals promoted Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha, Northwest Arkansas general manager Eric Edelstein called him the most impressive minor leaguer he's ever seen. So the Naturals could rightfully expect that they wouldn't find anyone who could come close to replacing his production. For at least one week, new third baseman Jamie Romak has managed to replace Moustakas. Since his promotion from high Class A Wilmington, Romak, 25, is hitting .550 (11-for-20) with three home runs, two doubles and six RBIs. Like a number of Royals, Romak is an ex-Brave, although in this case the Royals picked him up as a minor league free agent after a stint with the Pirates. Romak had failed to stick in his first two tries at Double-A, but this one's going a little better up to now.


To call Reading third baseman Tagg Bozied well-traveled would be selling him short. After getting picked in the third round of the 2001 draft by the Padres, negotiations stalled and Bozied ended up in the independent Northern League. Since then he has played in five different organizations and has even done a stint in Taiwan. Most of his recent experience has been in Triple-A, but back in Double-A, Bozied is feasting off Eastern League pitching. He is currently second in the league in slugging and third in OPS. His chance to play in the big leagues in rapidly dwindling and may have already passed. But that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of best offensive players in the Eastern League.


Exicardo Cayonez, of, Pirates: Two years ago the Pirates gave Cayonez $400,000 to sign out of Venezuela at age 16. That bonus still is a franchise record for an amateur player out of Latin America, and he has come as advertised. Now 18, Cayonez is a good athlete who stands out with an advanced feel for hitting for his age. Through 19 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Cayonez is batting .371/.438/.486. A 6-foot, 183-pound lefthanded hitter, Cayonez's biggest question mark is how much power he'll grow into, but he's already able to use the whole field with a solid, line-drive swing.