Welcome surprises greet this week's Hot List

There weren't many surprises at the top of this week's list, but a couple of players made their Hot List debuts while (hopefully) breaking out of season-long funks. Royals Corner's Hot List identifies the hottest players in the Royals' system each week. Who made this week's list? Click inside to find out.

All statistics current through May 9, 2010

1. Mike Moustakas, NW Arkansas

Moustakas stays atop the Hot List after another outstanding week. The 21-year-old third baseman went 10-for-26 (.385) with two home runs, a pair of doubles, and seven RBI. Moose also drew five more walks, and on the season, he's earned nine free passes against just eight strikeouts. Although he missed the first two weeks of the season, Moustakas leads the Texas League with nine doubles, and he ranks third with 20 RBI and fourth in both home runs (6) and runs scored (18). Perhaps more impressively, Moustakas also leads the circuit in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage (.379/.456/.788).

2. John Lamb, Burlington
Lamb climbs to the second spot on this week's Hot List with a pair of outstanding starts. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old southpaw held Kane County to just a single run on six hits and a walk while fanning nine over six frames. On Sunday, he picked up his first Midwest League win with five shutout innings against Beloit, holding the Snappers to just two hits while striking out six. On the season, Lamb is now 1-3 with a sparkling 1.91 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33.0 innings pitched. Walks were a bit of a problem in his first five starts (14 BB in 22.0 IP), but Lamb has issued just two free passes in his last two outings.

3. Eric Hosmer, Wilmington
Another week, another appearance for Hosmer, who has appeared in every Hot List this season. Last week the 20-year-old first baseman hit .417 (10-for-24) with three doubles, five RBI, and his fourth stolen base of the year. Hosmer now ranks second in all of minor league baseball in batting average (.415) and on-base percentage (.496). Here's a fun fact that helps emphasize how hot he's been during the first month of the 2010 season: Through 30 games thus far, Hosmer has been held hitless just four times.

4. Mike Montgomery, NW Arkansas
After rain cancelled his Double-A debut, Montgomery finally got another chance on Wednesday against the Springfield Cardinals. He came through for the Naturals, picking up his first Double-A win by limiting the Cardinals to just one run on two hits and four walks over 5.2 innings. The 20-year-old southpaw fanned eight batters, and through his first five starts this season between NW Arkansas and Wilmington, Montgomery is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA. In 30.1 innings pitched, he's struck out 41 hitters against just eight walks and 16 hits, and his opponents are hitting just .154 against him so far.

5. Patrick Keating, Wilmington
Keating makes his Hot List debut after an overpowering week out of the Blue Rocks' bullpen. The 22-year-old righthander appeared in two games for Wilmington, tossing five shutout innings on just one hit and one walk while striking out an incredible 12 batters. Since a rough outing in his 2010 season debut, Keating has surrendered a total of just one run and four hits over his last six outings (13.2 innings) while fanning 24. On the season, the Florida alum owns a 1.59 ERA with two saves and 28 strikeouts (against just six walks) in 17.0 innings pitched. The Carolina League is hitting just .164 against him.

6. Bryan Paukovits, Burlington
Since Kane County roughed him up in his 2010 season debut, Paukovits has been nearly unhittable. Last week, the 6-foot-7 righthander made two appearances (one start), surrendering just one earned run on four hits and four walks while striking out nine in 9.0 innings pitched. In his last five outings (23.0 innings pitched), Midwest League opponents have managed to eek out a total of just six hits, and the league is now hitting just .138 against him. On the season, the 22-year-old is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched.

7. Wil Myers, Burlington
Myers cracks the Hot List for the first time this season after hitting .286 (6-for-21) last week with a pair of doubles, four RBI, and an impressive eight walks. The 19-year-old backstop predictably got off to a slow start in his full-season debut, but his numbers have been steadily climbing for the last couple of weeks. Most important, his pitch recognition seems to be improving, and over his last 10 games, Myers is hitting .306/.479/.444 with five doubles and 12 walks. On the season, he's hitting .255/.359/.445 with a club-best four home runs and 20 RBI.

8. Clint Robinson, NW Arkansas
Robinson has never received a lot of prospect hype, but the big first baseman just keeps on hitting and getting on base. The 25-year-old Troy alum hit .321 last week (9-for-28) with three doubles, a home run, and four RBI. Robinson sports a season line of .276/.397/.438 with eight doubles and three home runs in 105 at bats, and he leads the Naturals with 19 walks.

9. Nick Van Stratten, NW Arkansas
Thanks to a pair of 3-hit games, Van Stratten lands back on the Hot List after hitting .318 (7-for-22) last week with a double, four walks, and four RBI. Over his last 10 games, the 24-year-old outfielder has hit .344/.488/.375 while hiking his season line to a solid .305/.383/.400 – very good numbers for a Double-A debut. In 95 at bats for the Naturals this season, the Winnetonka grad has six doubles, one home run, 10 walks, and 12 RBI.

10. Jordan Parraz, Omaha
Perhaps no position player in the system got off to a more disappointing start in 2010 than Jordan Parraz – the 25-year-old outfielder entered the week hitting just .148 (12-for-81) on the season. However, Parraz last week showed some signs that he might be close to turning things around, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles, three RBI, and six walks. He has hit safely in six of his last eight games, and his season line is now up to .184/.259/.296. Those numbers have a long way to go to respectability, and it's too early to suggest Parraz has turned a corner, but hopefully last week is something he can build upon.

Honorable Mentions
Bryan Bullington, OMA - 1 GS, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
Edgar Osuna, NWA - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Rene Oriental, BUR - 9-for-25 (.360), 2 2B…Last 10 gm .317/.378/.366
Brendan Lafferty, WIL - 2 G, 1 SV, 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R…Promoted to WIL
Salvador Perez, WIL - 6-for-13 (.461), 1 2B…Missed AB eligibility


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