This week Atlanta Braves' OF Jayson Heyward tops Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet . In what must have a been a coin-flip of a decision, Milwaukees Brewers' AA 3B Mat Gamel ranked second. Heyward's line was 462/516/846, and Gamel's was 484/500/806.
Third on the list was last season's #1 overall pick, David Price. Out-pitching Pedro Martinez would do grab everyone's attention which he did with a nine-strikeout effort over six scoreless innings. With Ray ephoria catching on, how long before we hear Price will be helping them to thier first ever play-offs push?
While that seems unlikely, recall how quickly Joba Chamberlain moved from sandwich pick in the 2006 draft to integral 8th inning reliever in August 2007.
Jim Callis has been chatting about the upcoming draft since 1:30PM. Immediately following that will be the Prospect Hot Sheet chat at 2:30PM .
Here is what Baseball America said about Heyward and Gamel. Click through to read about Price and the other 10 minor leagues to make this week's list.
Heyward is having the best season of any of the top hitting prospects in low Class A. He has hits in 18 of his last 20 games, and Thursday's 0-for-2 (with three walks) night was just his fifth hitless game of the month, whereas he's racked up 11 multi-games. As great as Heyward was in April (.330/.375/.470), he's been even better in May (.343/.383/.552), and his .337 average ranks fourth in the SAL. He also leads the league in hits and runs scored.
If you look at the best positional players that the Brewers have selected their recent draft picks, you might notice a trend: they may not be the best fielders, but they sure can hit. Whether it's Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun in Milwaukee or Matt LaPorta, Gamel and Jonathan Lucroy, it's the bat that stands out. When you can hit like Gamel, though, you can do a pretty good job of covering up your defensive shortcomings. Gamel has abused perfectly good Southern League baseballs all season, hitting .384/.443/.667 in 244 plate appearances. In his last 15 games, Gamel has 11 multi-hit games. Sure, that .384 batting average is bound to get pulled down, but Gamel has the strike-zone judgement and the emerging power to be a dangerous big league hitter.