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Baseball’s 20 Hottest Prospects From The Past Week (5/16/23)

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The Hot Sheet is back! Baseball America’s staff ranks the 20 hottest prospects from the previous week. This installment of the Prospect Hot Sheet considers what minor league players did through May 15. Contributing this week were Josh Norris, Geoff Pontes, J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser.

This simply recognizes what the hottest prospects in the minors did in the past week—it’s not a re-ranking of the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects.

J.J. Cooper will host a chat at 2 p.m. ET to discuss today’s Hot Sheet. You can submit your questions here.

1. Ben Brown, RHP, Cubs
Team: Triple-A Iowa (International)
Age: 23

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO,0 HR

The Scoop: Brown received a promotion to Triple-A on April 29 and has quickly shown he can handle the level. After throwing 5.2 innings with one run allowed in his Iowa debut, Brown followed up with five scoreless innings with two hits allowed and 10 strikeouts in a dominant start against Toledo last week. Brown carved through the Mud Hens lineup with an easy mid-90s fastball, a vicious power curveball and a fine-tuned, mid-80s slider, giving him his first double-digit strikeout game since joining the Cubs organization. Brown is now 3-0, 0.59 in six starts this season with 47 strikeouts and 11 walks in 30.2 innings. He has cemented his status as a steal for the Cubs at last year’s trade deadline and is pushing aggressively for his first big league callup. (KG)

2. Yanquiel Fernandez, OF, Rockies
Team: High-A Spokane (Northwest)
Age: 20

Why He’s Here: .538/.517/1.038 (14-for-26), 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0-for-1 SB

The Scoop: The gem of Fernandez’s week came on May 10, when he went 5-for-6 with two home runs. Oh, and he hit for the cycle. Fernandez has more than held his own in the Northwest League despite playing in the early chilliness of the region and against competition that is almost universally more advanced. The Cuban-born outfielder shows plenty of thump from the left side. He’s an aggressive hitter who makes a ton of contact and could profile as a classic corner outfield masher with a more refined approach. (JN)

3.  Colton Cowser, OF, Orioles
Team: Triple-A Norfolk (International) 
Age: 23

Why He’s Here: .500/.613/.864 (11-for-22), 9 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 8 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-1 SB

The Scoop: Cowser reached base three or more times in five out of six games last week. His standout game came on Tuesday, when Cowser slugged two home runs and reached base…

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