The scouting magazine offers weekly reports on 20 prospects riding the biggest hot streaks in minor league baseball. So far this season, a member of the Phillies farm system has yet to appear on the list. [Link]
This week's top player is Clay Buchholz, a touted right-hander in the Red Sox system pitching in Double-A. Previous top choices included Justin Upton (SS, Devil Rays), Tim Lincecum (RHP, Giants) and Ryan Braun (3B, Brewers). Avid followers recognize all four as elite prospects. In fairness, the Phillies aren’t the only team to be shut out of the Prospect Hotsheet this season. I did not see any Cubs or Nationals.
With every report, BA includes a handful of players who’re "Not-so hot." The Phillies earned top billing in that category the third week with third baseman Mike Costanzo: "Costanzo showed up in better shape with more flexibility this year, but it hasn't payed off yet. Costanzo was an ugly 5-for-23 with 12 strikeouts and no walks last week. For the season, he's hitting .224/.262/.414."
Actually, he’s now hitting .218/.263/.382 with 12 errors and 41 strikeouts.