In the mot recent edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet, Evan Longoria was recognized as the hottest prospect in baseball. This is not a ranking of the top prospects but rather a list of the players that are playing really well recently. Longoria was recognized for hitting .378-4-12 in 9 games since his promotion to AA. Overall, he is .356-16-51 in 45 professional games.
At the beginning of the season, Baseball America ranked the Top 100 minor league prospects and the Devil Rays’ Delmon Young was at the top of the list as the #1 prospect. In fact, the Rays had three players on that list with 2004 top pick Jeff Niemann ranked #70 and Jason Hammel at #79 (B. J. Upton was not eligible for the list). Well, several players have stepped up and have a good chance of joining that group on the list in 2007, including Reid Brignac, Wade Davis and Jacob McGee. In fact there is a good chance that the Devil Rays will have more than one prospect in the Top 10. It is not impossible to imagine that Longoria will be a Top 10 prospect in 2007 along with Young.