Julio Teheran was the top minor leaguer in this week's Baseball America Hot Sheet this week. He started two games, going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and striking out 16 in 14 innings pitched. He struck out 11 in his most recent start.
On to the Hot Sheet chat excerpts for those of you who have interest:
Brian (Greensboro, NC): Staying with Stanton. Who do you like better? Stanton, Heyward, or Harper? That is going to be some RF in the NL East!
Ben Badler: Heyward, but his inability to stay healthy is something we've been concerned about for years. On pure ceiling, it's hard to beat Harper.
You've been concerned about for year? I don't recall reading that, but my memory isn't the best. As a fantasy owner, I own him in two leagues and wonder if he will ever stay healthy for an entire season.
More excerpts after the jump:
Norm (Cleveland/Ohio): Hi Ben, In your opinion, how would you rank these minor league SS's? Cozart, Hamilton, Profar & Segura. I have an opening on a 30 player 100% keeper league and need an up & coming SS. Thanks.
Ben Badler: Profar, Segura, Cozart, Hamilton. Segura and Cozart could be solid big leaguers, but Profar's making a case as the best second-best shortstop in the minors behind Manny Machado.
I actually wonder why the Reds don't give Cozart a chance to play everyday in Cincy. I like both he and Segura. Segura is hitting .276-.343-.428 with 3 HRs, 19 RBIs and 18 SBs to go along with an excellent 23-15 K/BB rate in 152 at bats this season in High A.
Rick (NY): What's your take on Jerry Sands' demotion? Specifically if you think he's still a big league regular based on what we've seen so far.
Ben Badler: I do, just not right now. Needs more Triple-A time
Yes, Sands did struggle in his first gig in the big leagues. I think he needs to work on pulling the ball more as his focus, to me, was hitting the ball to right field. I remember Fangraphs' Marc Hulet saying that he didn't think Sands would hit for power in the big leagues, based on his approach at the plate.
Jack Helmuth (Brooklyn, NY): Paul Goldschmidt's numbers are just too good to ignore, but it seems like you guys are hesitant to shower him with heaps of praise. Just how good a prospect is he and how good a player can he become? Thank you.
Ben Badler: I think he's an excellent prospect, and I know I'm not alone at BA with those feelings. He's doing things better than Matt LaPorta did in the Southern League when he was the same age as Goldschmidt, and I think there's some similarities there but with Goldschmidt having more raw power. He's definitely in the discussion for our midseason top 50.
Goldschmidt is having an excellent season this year in AA, but his breakout season was last year, so his performance this year shows that his power is for real, and he appears to be flashing more power and a better eye at the plate as well, all at a higher level. Brandon Allen has got to be comcerned about his future with the Diamondbacks.
Greg (DC): Zack Cozart has never put together a season like the one he's having this year. Do you think he's truly taken a step forward, or is this a product of a 25+ year older repeating his league, or a combination of both?
Ben Badler: A little bit of each. I doubt he's ever going to put up an OPS pushing .900 in the big leagues, nothing flashy or spectacular about him, but he's a solid hitter with solid tools across the board. I'd give him the starting shortstop job in Cincinnati right now and wouldn't think twice about it.
More Cozart love from Ben today. Cozart is hitting .323-.363-.509 with 6 HRs, 25 RBIs and 6 SBs thus far in AAA.