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Monday, July 24, 2006

[Baseball America] Pence, Patton "Hot Prospects"

Baseball America updated its "Prospect Hot Sheet" last week. Hunter Pence was the #4 prospect listed in all of the minor leagues, and Troy Patton was #7.
UPDATE: This week's Hot Sheet is out, and the Astros are even better represented. #1 in all of baseball is Jason Hirsh, who has a 0.92 ERA since May 1 and has won ten consecutive decisions. Even Baseball America suggests that "the Astros most potent midseason addition could be calling up Hirsh". I just wish there was one, slightly credible reason for Hirsh remaining in Triple-A at this point, other than the theory that the Astros are holding him in Round Rock ahead of a trade. #2 is Troy Patton, newly promoted to Double-A.
Earning honorable mention honors are Tip Fairchild, the newest member of the High A Salem Avalanche starting rotation and his batterymate for the Avalanche, C Lou Santangelo. Other names of interest are Longhorn J. Brent Cox, who has a 26 inning scoreless streak for Double-A Trenton (Yankees), and some SS prospect for the Devil Rays named Ben Zobrist, whose defense is described as "steady" and who whose offensive numbers are bordering on extraordinary.


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