Lamb tops this week's Hot List

With his third straight excellent start, Burlington southpaw John Lamb climbs to the top of this week's Hot List. Royals Corner's Hot List identifies the hottest players in the Royals' system each week. Who else made this week's list? Click inside to find out.

All statistics current through May 16, 2010

1. John Lamb, Burlington
Lamb jumps to the top of this week's Hot List after another excellent start. The 19-year-old southpaw picked up his second victory of the year on Saturday, blanking the Peoria Chiefs for seven innings while scattering just four hits and a walk and fanning three batters. Over his last three starts, Lamb has allowed just one earned run on 12 hits in 18.0 innings pitched. He's issued just three walks during that span while recording 18 strikeouts. Lamb (2-3, 1.58 ERA) ranks sixth in the Midwest League in ERA, and his 43 strikeouts is the circuit's seventh-best total. Word is that Lamb has been promoted to Wilmington, although the transaction has yet to be announced.

2. Eric Hosmer, Wilmington
Hosmer continues his streak of Hot List appearances by jumping to the second spot on this week's list. The 20-year-old first baseman hit .300 last week (9-for-30) with five doubles, a home run, three walks, and six RBI. He also added a pair of stolen bases, giving him six swipes on the season without being caught. Hosmer (.390/.469/.581) ranks second in the Carolina League in batting average, first in OBP, and first in OPS. His double binge last week gives him 14 on the season, which ranks third in the league.

3. Mike Moustakas, NW Arkansas
Moose remains near the top of the Hot List with another strong week. The big third baseman from Chatsworth High hit .318 last week (7-for-22) with four walks, his seventh home run (a grand slam on Sunday), six RBI, and six runs scored. On the season, the 21-year-old is now hitting .364/.449/.705 with 26 RBI in 23 games. Moustakas leads the Texas League in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, and he ranks second in the league in RBI despite missing the first two weeks of the season.

4. Louis Coleman, NW Arkansas
Coleman makes his 2010 Hot List debut after logging two more scoreless outings. Last week, the 24-year-old LSU alum pitched five innings without surrendering a hit and fanned six while issuing just one walk. Over his last four appearances (spanning 9.1 innings), Coleman has yielded just two hits and no runs while striking out 11 and issuing just three walks. On the season, Coleman is now 1-0 with one save and a sparkling 2.08 ERA. Even more impressively, the Texas League is hitting just .149 against the sidewinding reliever this season, and righthanded batters are hitting him at just a .106 clip.

5. Jordan Parraz, Omaha
Parraz cracked the Hot List for the first time last week, and this week he climbs to the fifth spot after hitting .368 (7-for-19). The 25-year-old outfielder drew five walks, cracked three doubles, stole a pair of bases, and drove in three runs. Two weeks ago, he was hitting just .148 on the season. Over his last two weeks, Parraz has raised his season line to a much more respectable .214/.326/.333. There's still a long way to go, but it looks like Parraz may have turned his season around.

6. Irving Falu, Omaha
Falu is quietly having a very good season for the O-Royals. The 26-year-old infielder hit .344 last week (11-for-32) with a double, five runs scored, two RBI, and a pair of walks. He has multiple hits in each of his last four games while hiking his season line to .306/.363/.340. Falu profiles best as a utility infielder with a good glove, but he's a solid contact hitter who runs well and rarely strikes out.

7. Patrick Keating, Wilmington
Keating first appeared on the Hot List last week, and he remains after two more excellent appearances out of the Blue Rocks' bullpen. The 22-year-old righthander pitched four scoreless innings last week, allowing just two hits and no walks while fanning three. That gives the former Florida Gator five straight scoreless outings, a span of 11 innings pitched. Over that time, Keating has yielded just three hits and three walks while striking out 17 hitters. On the season, he has fanned 31 in 21.0 innings while issuing just six walks and compiling a stellar 1.29 ERA.

8. Alex Caldera, Wilmington
Caldera made just one start last week, but it was good enough to land him on his first Hot List. Against Potomac on Friday night, the 24-year-old righthander tossed 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and no walks while fanning 11 batters and earning his second victory of the year. After a relatively disappointing 2009 campaign, Caldera is now 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA. In 40.2 innings pitched, he's struck out 45 hitters while walking just nine, and the Carolina League is hitting .250 against him thus far.

9. David Lough, Omaha
Like Parraz, Lough seems to be heating up after a slow start for the O-Royals. The 24-year-old outfielder cracks the Hot List after hitting .290 last week (9-for-31) with a double, six runs scored, four RBI, two stolen bases, and his second home run of the season. Lough had three multiple hit games last week, including a 4-for-6 effort on Saturday. On the season, he's now hitting .255/.288/.352.

10. Adrian Ortiz, Wilmington
Eric Hosmer wasn't the only Blue Rock who's coming off a good offensive week. Adrian Ortiz takes the final spot on this week's Hot List after hitting .333 (9-for-27) with a double, eight runs scored, and four stolen bases. The 23-year-old speedster is hitting .290/.343/.374 on the season, and he leads the Carolina League with 13 stolen bases.

Honorable Mentions
Edgar Osuna, NWA – 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Bryan Paukovits, BUR – 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Juan Graterol, BUR – 8-for-21 (.381), 1 R, 2 RBI
Marc Maddox, OMA – 8-for-21 (.381), 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, RBI
Scott Thorman, OMA – 7-for-25 (.280), 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 R, 3 RBI
Derrick Robinson, NWA – 7-for-25 (.280), 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB


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