The Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet is up and headed by a few players that may be completely new names to most fantasy players, Milwaukee Brewers' 3B Mat Gamel and Kansas City Royals' right-hander Carlos Rosa. Here is what BA says about both. There is a chat at 2:30 to discuss this list. Neither the full list nor the chat are behind the subscriber wall so enjoy.
Team: Double-A Huntsville (Southern)
Why He's Here: .560/.621/1.320, 14-for-25, 1 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBIs, 13 R, 4 BB, 3 SO
The Scoop: It's hard to make a case for putting anyone ahead of Gamel on this week's Hot Sheet. Gamel had another hit last night, extending his current hitting streak to 17 games. Of course, long hitting streaks are nothing new for Gamel. You may remember him from such notable streaks as last year's 33-game hitting streak with high Class A Brevard County, when he went 51-for-121 and hit at .421/.482/.702 clip over that stretch.
In Gamel's seven games since our last Hot Sheet, five of them were multi-hit affairs, with four of his five home runs on the season coming in that stretch. His season line through 27 games is now at .374/.442/.664, as he and teammate Matt LaPorta have been the most lethal three-four punch in any Double-A lineup
Though Gamel sure can hit, the defensively-challenged third baseman committed three errors in one game this week, giving him eight on the season. Poor footwork and an inaccurate arm led to Gamel leading the minors with 53 errors last season, so a move to corner outfield position or first base could be in the cards for Gamel.
It may be difficult for Milwaukee to fit both Gamel and LaPorta, a learning-on-the-job corner outfielder, on to a club already loaded with corner players, but for now, we advise you to sit back and enjoy the ride.
No. 2 CARLOS ROSA, RHP ROYALS
Team: Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Texas)
Why He's Here: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 16 K
The Scoop: A 2004 Tommy John surgery survivor, Rosa has a 93-95 mph fastball and a sharp curveball, and Texas League hitters were helpless against them this week. Last year, Rosa had the stuff but not the results; he had a 3.60 ERA with a pedestrian 85 strikeouts in 120 innings in four games with high Class A Wilmington and 21 more with Northwest Arkansas. This year, the results are catching up to his talent. Through six games, Rosa has a 1.32 ERA and a 32-5 K-BB ratio. It's early, of course, but it's the essence of player development when a pitcher like Rosa with excellent raw pitch quality makes the necessary improvements that lead to better on-field performance.