The Prospect Hot Sheet tries to pick out the hottest prospects in baseball each and every week during the season, but we've had few weeks as impressive as this one. Between Kyle Gibson, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Peguero and others, this week had four or five different prospects who would have looked quite natural at the No. 1 spot.

But Mike Stanton ensured that everyone else was battling for No. 2 with one of the best week's we've seen in quite a while.

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 April 23 through last night, April 29.

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

Mike Stanton
Team: Double-A Jacksonville (Southern)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .542/.792/1.500 (13-for-24), 10 R, 5 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBIs, 6 BB, 5 SO, 2 IBB
The Scoop: When you look at Stanton's numbers for the week, do realize that he's not getting a whole lot of easy pitches to hit.

Pitchers aren't dumb, and Stanton's reputation has preceded him. No one is crazy enough at this point to think they can just blow a fastball by him, but the problem for the Southern League is that nothing else is working either.

"They've tried (everything)," Jacksonville manager Tim Leiper said. "He's hit fastballs, sliders and changeups out of the park. He's shown that he can hit them all."

Stanton is working on a five-game extra-base hit streak, including one game where he only had two at-bats because Carolina walked him three times. He'd homered three times the day before, so it made sense to pitch him carefully.

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Kyle GibsonTeam: high Class A Fort Myers (Florida State)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.64, 14 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 SO, 23/4 G/F
The Scoop: Gibson's sinker was working overtime Thursday against Jupiter. Perhaps the Hammerheads' hitters just weren't ready, as the game was one of those Education Day contests with its first pitch at 10:35 a.m., but Gibson certainly was. The Twins' 2009 first-round pick retired the first 15 hitters he faced before giving up an infield single to Jupiter's Isaac Galloway, who he promptly picked off. Gibson later hit a batter and issued a walk, but both of those runners were erased on double plays. As a result, Gibson completed the game having faced the minimum 27 hitters, 16 of which he retired on groundouts to go with his six strikeouts. The ball left the infield just twice all day.
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Stephen StrasburgTeam: Double-A Harrisburg (Eastern)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: Strasburg probably won't be in the Eastern League much longer, but he's already left his mark. In his last two starts for Harrisburg, both against Reading, Strasburg has pitched 10 combined innings and given up just one hit while striking out 12. Strasburg's fastball showed its usual upper 90s velocity in his last outing on Tuesday, and Reading's hitters had little chance when he mixed in his curveball and changeup. He allowed just one baserunner over his five no-hit inings. Strasburg's 0.52 ERA through four starts leads the EL, but the good news for hitters around the league is it probably won't be too long before the Nationals advance him to Triple-A. Get ready, International League.

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Julio TeheranTeam: low Class A Rome (South Atlantic)
Age: 19
Why He's Here: 0-1, 0.79, 11 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 15 SO
The Scoop: The scary part for the Braves is that with righthander Arodys Vizcaino also pitching for Rome, it's debatable whether Teheran is even the best pitching prospect on his own staff. While Vizcaino has been solid in his first year with the Braves, Teheran has dominated the South Atlantic League in April with a low- to mid-90s fastball, an outstanding changeup and a solid curveball. The Braves have played it safe with Teheran's innings since signing the prodigious Colombian righthander three years ago, but his top-of-the-rotation upside is evident every time he takes the mound.
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Eduardo NunezTeam: Double-A West Tenn (Southern)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: .406/.438/.938 (13-for-32), 5 HR, 2 2B, 8 RBIs, 8 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0-for-1 SB
The Scoop: When only Mike Stanton stands between you and the minor league home run lead, you know you're off to a great start. And how! Peguero's nine home runs land him in sole possession of second place, while his 62 total bases are tops in the minors and his .795 slugging ranks third. He smashed five longballs in seven games last week, including a three-homer game versus Mobile on Wednesday in which he victimized BayBears righthanders Barry Enright, Jeff Dietz and Kyler Newby.

The home runs are essential to Peguero's prospect status, sure, but so too is his control of the strike zone—and his 8-to-16 walk-to-strikeout hints at improvement. (It was 42-to-172 a year ago.) The Mariners last season augmented Peguero's powerful lefthanded stroke by having him incorporate his legs more for leverage, with one club official telling us last fall: "He knows the strikeouts are an issue. He knows he needs to put the ball in play, but he's got so much power that he can mis-hit the ball and hit it out. We don't want to turn him into a Punch and Judy hitter, but he knows he's got put the ball in play with two strikes." So far, so good.
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Alex ColomeTeam: low Class A Bowling Green (Midwest)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 0-1, 1.29, 14 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 18 SO, 2 BB, 17/5 G/F
The Scoop: Bowling Green may be off to a miserable 5-16 start, but don't blame Colome. In fact, the pitching staff as a whole has held up its end of the bargain. While the Hot Rods' 4.27 team ERA ranks in the bottom quarter of the 16-team Midwest League, their league-best 3.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio argues for a reversal of fortune. And nobody exemplifies that strike-throwing dominance quite like Colome, who leads the MWL with 32 strikeouts and ranks among the leaders with 27 2/3 innings and a 0.90 WHIP.

"He's come through the system with a lot of fanfare, so the element of surprise is not there," said Colome's pitching coach RC Lichtenstein. "I hadn't had a chance to see him much before this year, but everybody in the organization was quick to give me a rundown. He really does have a tremendous arm."
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Phillippe AumontTeam: Double-A Reading (Eastern)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: Aumont's career in the Phillies organization didn't get off to the most auspicious start, as he gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings in his debut with Reading. But he's settled in since. He was solid on April 19 against Harrisburg, going five innings and giving up just a run on three hits, but he was even better in his last start Sunday against Richmond. Even though Aumont didn't have a great feel for his curveball that night, Richmond's hitters couldn't do anything with his heavy low 90s fastball. It seems like Aumont's been around awhile, but he's still one of the Eastern League's youngest pitchers and Sunday's start was the second longest of his career as he transitions back to the rotation after relieving last year in the Mariners system. The six no-hit innings against Richmond gave him his first win as a Phillie and lowered his ERA to 3.32 through 21 2/3 innings.
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Aaron HicksTeam: low Class A Beloit (Midwest)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .526/.654/.842 (10-for-19), 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 7 R, 7 BB, 3 SO, 3-for-4 SB
The Scoop: Remember that ice cold start Hicks got off to? That's over with. Hicks' line had sunk to .033/.171/.033 after opening the year 1-for-30. Since then, all he's done is be the Midwest League's most dangerous hitter. Since going 0-for-5 on April 16, Hicks has put together a 10-game hitting streak during which he's hit .514/.617/.811. The streak includes six multi-hit efforts, highlighted by Hicks' 4-for-5 night against Wisconsin on Saturday. Hicks has been dangerous even when he's not hitting, too, as he's drawn 10 walks during his hitting streak and gone 5-for-7 stealing bases.
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Alex TorresTeam: Double-A Montgomery (Southern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 SO
The Scoop: As if the Rays really need yet another pitching prospect. Torres tired down the stretch last year, walking 17 batters in 26 innings when the Angels promoted him to Double-A Arkansas. Then he looked shaky with Montgomery in two starts after the Rays acquired him in the trade for Scott Kazmir. Torres is back on track in his return to Montgomery, missing bats and keeping the ball down in the strike zone. He still needs to refine his command, but Torres could end up in Triple-A Durham by the end of the year and in Tampa Bay at some point in 2011.
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Team: high Class A Wilmington (Carolina)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .417/.560/.625 (10-for-24), 6 R, 5 2B, 4 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: At this point, Hosmer is making everyone forget about his disappointing 2009 season. With his vision corrected, he's raking just the way he did in high school when he was considered the top prep bat in the 2008 draft. Hosmer's hitting .444 against lefties and .400 against righthanders. Wilmington is supposed to be one of the toughest parks for hitters in the minors—he's hitting .409 there (compared to .420 on the road). If you're looking for something to criticize, Hosmer hasn't turned his raw power into game production this season, but when you're hitting like he has it doesn't really matter. Hosmer leads the league in average (.417) by nearly 35 points, leads in on-base percentage (.500) by 45 points and is sixth in the league in slugging (.597).
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Kyle DrabekTeam: Double-A New Hampshire (Eastern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 SO
The Scoop: Drabek's career in the Blue Jays system got off to a bit of a slow start, as he sported an unsightly 5.17 ERA through his first three starts. But in his last start he looked like the Drabek the Jays were expecting to see when they brought him over as the centerpiece of their package for Roy Halladay. Drabek's outing last Saturday in Binghamton was easily his best as a Jay, and his seven punchouts moved him into a tie for third most in the EL with 20 on the year. Although it's a small sample, the other good news for Drabek is it looks like his changeup is coming along. Look no further than his success against lefthanders, who batted .322/.359/.564 against him in Double-A last year but just .143/.200/.238 (6-for-42) so far this year.
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Jake ArrietaTeam: Triple-A Norfolk (International)
Age: 24
Why He's Here: 1-1, 2.08, 13 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 15 SO
The Scoop: Chris Tillman may have thrown a no-hitter this week, but Arrieta has been the ace of the Norfolk staff this season. His start on Thursday night was the first time all season that he'd given up more than one earned run, but it still only raised his ERA to 1.16. The Texas Christian product has shown improved command and an ability to throw his secondary stuff throughout the count. Those were the only two real stumbling blocks keeping him from a spot in the big leagues. So if he can keep this up, he's not far away from Camden Yards.
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Derrick RobinsonTeam: Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Texas)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: .400/.700/.500 (8-for-20), 3 R, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 6 BB, 4 SO, 10-for-11 SB
The Scoop: If we had a perseverance category on the Sheet, Robinson would be a prime candidate. The 2006 fourth-round pick has always been known for his physical tools, but he's always struggled to turn them into production. Late last year the Royals talked to Robinson about giving up switch-hitting in an attempt to find anything that could help turn around his career. Instead he asked if he could make a tweak to his stance where he moved his feet closer together. The results? He hit .311/.362/.513 in August with more home runs (five) than he'd hit in his previous three and a half seasons as a pro. But was that just a one-month fluke or a significant improvement? A .329/.427/.471 line in April seems to be signifying that Robinson's hard work has paid off. He stole four bags in one game this week and could have put up even bigger numbers if not for a collision on a steal on Wednesday that forced him to leave the game.
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With a .329 average, Indianapolis' Neil Walker (Pirates) ranks 12th in the minors among switch-hitters. Just imagine what he'd be hitting if he wasn't 2-for-22 (.091) from the right side. While it seems like Walker has been in Triple-A forever—1,100 plate appearances on the nose—the 24-year-old appears to be making real progress this season, hitting for average, for power (.544) and drawing walks (11 in 20 games) at a rate that his surname suggests. Walker hit .407/.500/.667 last week, going 11-for-27 with four doubles and a dinger while stealing three bases and driving in 11 runs. But perhaps most interesting was his position tally: two games at second base, one at first and three in left field. Pittsburgh just might recoup value on Walker, it's native son and the 2004 draft's 11th overall pick . . . Blue Jays RHP Zach Stewart has made three starts for Double-A New Hampshire. He was solid in his first start, got completely shelled in outing No. 2, and was brilliant on Tuesday in his third start. He pitched five shutout innings at Trenton and was nearly perfect, facing just one batter over the minimum by allowing one hit with no walks and five strikeouts . . . Nothing says it's early quite like the fact that CF Mike Trout's .378 average not only does not lead the Midwest League, but it doesn't even rank among the 15 best in the minors. Don't hold that against the 18-year-old Angels phenom, though. Last week he batted .409/.409/.545 (9-for-22) with a double, a triple and three more stolen bases in five attempts for low Class A Cedar Rapids. Trout has hit in every game but one since April 11, but last week he lived dangerously, striking out five times while not drawing a walk . . . Royals C Wil Myers(Royals) pulled out of an early-season funk with three home runs and a double in 24 Midwest League at-bats last week. That's a .708 slugging for the 19-year-old low Class A Burlington catcher. In all, he went 7-for-24 (.292) while driving in nine runs in six games, drawing two walks and striking out three times. On the defensive side of things, Myers leads all MWL catchers with seven passed balls but has throwing out an above-average 38 percent of basestealers . . .  After leading the minor leagues in strikeouts last year, Rays LHP Matt Moore hasn't slowed down so far in 2010. The hard-throwing 20-year-old with high Class A Charlotte leads all Florida State League starters in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.67, having whiffed 23 hitters in 16 1/3 innings so far. Moore's start Sunday in Jupiter was his best of the young season, as he struck out eight over five innings while allowing one run on just two hits. Moore struggled with control early last year, and that's been the only thing holding him back again so far this year, as he walked four against Jupiter has issued 13 on the season . . . High Class A Salem RHPAlex Wilson (Red Sox) was roughed up in his first start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, but he's been solid since. The Red Sox were tempted to develop the 23-year-old Wilson, their second-round pick last year from Texas A&M, as a reliever thanks to his two-pitch mix of a low-90s fastbal and wipeout slider, but they've given him a chance to start. That move could pay dividends if he keeps going at the pace he did this week. Wilson made two starts and allowed just two runs on four hits over 9 2/3 innings for a 1.86 ERA, striking out 12 and walking four . . . The first big-name hitting prospect to leave Triple-A Sacramento (Athletics) for the big leagues? Not Chris Carter or Michael Taylor, but catcher Josh Donaldson. Sure, it's just because of an injury to A's starter Kurt Suzuki, but Donaldson, 24, was off to a fine start with the River Cats, batting .269/.320/.522 in his first taste of Triple-A and ranking third in the PCL with 19 RBIs, thanks to a torrid last week. Donaldson hit .444/.579/1.000 (8-for-18) with four doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in his last five games for the River Cats, at least for now.


Dan Hudson, rhp, White Sox: Hudson's season started well enough. He won his season debut for Triple-A Charlotte on April 12 against Norfolk, allowing one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. But not much has gone right since. His allowing eight runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings against Durham on April 22 wasn't great, but Hudson's last outing was a complete disaster. The 23-year-old was pulled from his start Tuesday against Columbus without recording an out in the second inning, ending with a line of 1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. He gave up a pair of home runs among those eight hits and has permitted six long balls already this year, tying him for second most in the International League. He gave up just five long balls in 26 minor league starts last year. After pitching at every full-season level last year, from low Class A to the majors, Hudson might have to settle in in Charlotte for awhile before looking for another callup.

Chris Withrow, rhp, Dodgers: For a pitcher who sits in the low- to mid-90s with an above-average curveball, Withrow sure has been getting hammered lately with Double-A Chattanooga. Withrow's ERA swelled to 9.00 in 17 innings after his start in Huntsville on Sunday ended with him surrendering seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Still just 21 years old, Withrow has plenty of time to bounce back, but this wasn't the kind of start many were expecting for the Dodgers' best pitching prospect.

Tim Beckham, ss, Rays: The 2008 draft was heavy on college talent ready to move quickly to the big leagues. Brian Matusz, Gordon Beckham, Buster Posey, Justin Smoak and Ike Davis are all high-ceiling prospects who have played in the big leagues, while the future looks bright for fellow '08 college first-rounders like Pedro Alvarez, Yonder Alonso, Jason Castro and Brett Wallace. But with the No. 1 overall pick, the Rays took Tim Beckham, whose stock has steadily declined since he signed. Since returning to action for high Class A Charlotte after beginning the year with a sore left wrist, Beckham is hitting .146/.255/.313 with 16 strikeouts in 13 games. Aside from his woes at the plate, scouts have serious concerns about his ability to remain at shortstop, yet another red flag for Beckham's future potential.

Edinson Rincon, 3b, Padres. Not exactly Brooks Robinson at the hot corner, Rincon has committed eight errors 19 games for low Class A Fort Wayne. That's good for a .862 fielding percentage. But that's not what punched his ticket to the land of the struggling prospect. No, that would be the 19-year-old Rincon's 0-for-17 showing last week, which included six strikeouts. He did manage to reach base four times via three walks and a hit by pitch, though, and he did score a run. The Padres fully expect Rincon to improve as the weather warms and as he gets used to the grind of full-season ball. But he's dug himself quite a hole already by batting .190/.261/.278 through 79 at-bats.


Chris Tillman, rhp, Orioles. OK, he's only 22, so it may seem strange to be seeing Tillman in a category usually reserved for 23-year-olds blitzing through low Class A. But Tillman has already thrown too many innings in the big leagues to qualify for the Hot Sheet and we wanted to acknowledge his no-hitter. Tillman got off to a rough start to the 2010 season, but his last two starts have shown he's getting back to the form that has made him one of the most impressive pitching prospects in the game. Against Gwinnett on Thursday night, Tillman was a master of efficiency. He needed just 105 pitches for the complete-game no-hitter, and he faced only one over the minimum. Tillman has shown the ability to refine his repertoire as he climbs the ladder. He turned his changeup from an afterthought to a sometimes plus pitch at then end of 2008 and the start of 2009 and now he's working on adding a cut fastball to give him another weapon against lefthanders.


R.A. Dickey, rhp, Mets. While he spent a large portion of last season in the Twins bullpen, Dickey had to settle for a minor league deal last winter. The 35-year-old knuckleballer latched on with the Mets in late December, and to this point it's been a perfect match. Yesterday, in his fifth start for Triple-A Buffalo, Dickey allowed a leadoff hit to Durham's Fernando Perez and then retired the next 27 Bulls batters in order. His final line: nine innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, six strikeouts (including Perez twice). Dickey leads the minors with 38 2/3 innings, and his past four starts would make an old-timer proud. Dickey has gone nine, eight, eight and nine innings in consecutive Bisons starts, completing two of them and going 3-1, 1.59 while walking just two batters and throwing one wild pitch. That's not the type of performance one would expect from a knuckleballer, no matter how seasoned. But perhaps this is more like it: Dickey has averaged a shade under 107 pitches per start on his hot steak.


Jose Ramirez, rhp, Yankees: The Yankees mine Latin America for talent as well as any team in baseball, and Ramirez looks like another promising find. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, Ramirez has a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings and a 29-6 K-BB mark for low Class A Charleston. Ramirez, 20, does it with a plus fastball that can reach the mid-90s, a plus changeup and the ability to pound the strike zone. That should be enough for Ramirez to cruise through the low minors, though he will still need to bring his breaking ball up to par as he moves up the ladder.