Every Friday, Baseball America publishes their Hot Sheet which highlights the top minor league performances from the prior week. This week, Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie headed the list as he hit .474-.545-1.158 with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 6 runs and 9 RBIs.
On to the Hot Sheet chat excerpts:
Paul (Fall River, MA): Does Nick Franklin have Troy Tulowitski type ceiling?
J.J. Cooper: No. But that's not a big knock, I mean, there's not really a shortstop in the minors with Tulo's ceiling. The closest would be Machado.
Manny Machado with a Troy Tulowitzki ceiling? or close to a Tulo ceiling. Not bad. Machado has a few more years in the minors.
Bruce (New York): When last heard from, Wil Myers was supposed to be out for 7-10 days with a knee infection. He's been out since May 10, and I haven't heard any updates on his health. Do you know when we can expect him back in the lineup?
J.J. Cooper: He's playing in extended spring right now, so he should be back before long.
For those of you looking for an update on Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers, here you go.
More BA chat excerpts after the jump:
Elliot (Youngstown OH): To hang on and make the playoffs the Indians are going to need some help. Who from Columbus is ready to contribute? Cord Phelps as a utility man? Zach McAllister at the back of the rotation? Nick Hagadone or Zach Putnam in the bullpen?
J.J. Cooper: Phelps, Chisenhall and Kipnis are all ready to help if the Indians need a boost. Hagadone should be up at some point as well.
I can see Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall getting called up in the next few weeks. Kipnis is hitting .291-.369-.481 with 5 HRs, 31 RBIs and 9 SBs at AAA Columbus, while Chisenhall is hitting .269-.364-.431 with 5 HRs and 26 RBIs.
Rich (Sactown): Really does appear that BA is not giving Paul Goldschmidt his due. He leads the league in almost every category right now and some my a huge margin. He has more walks than strikeouts to top it off. I mean come on, this guy looks like he could be another Pujols type of hitter especially playing in hitter friendly Arizona. I have been reading he may be called up soon directly from AA. What have you heard on his ETA and is he now one of the best hitting prospects in the game ?
J.J. Cooper: He's had a great first two months on the heels of a great 2010. All of that is true and I wouldn't be shocked to see him in the majors this year. That being said, I would take a step back from the Pujols comps. Goldschmidt has done a very good job of answering scouts' questions over whether he can be a big league regular—his success in Double-A is making a lot of doubters believers. But there's a difference between that and being one of the top hitters in baseball.
This one made me laugh, but Paul Goldschmidt is having a terrific season hitting .335-.451-.690 with 19 HRs, 53 RBIs and a 37-41 K/BB rate at AA Mobile.