Red-hot Naturals dominate latest Hot List

Thanks to an offensive explosion throughout the system last week, RC had to expand this week's Hot List to cover the organization's hottest 15 prospects -- 10 just wouldn't do. At the top of the list, Mike Moustakas continued his assault on the Texas League, while eight of his teammates join him on this week's ranking.

The statistics listed are current through Sunday, May 23.

RC's Hot List: May 24


Mike Moustakas


This is becoming a joke. Moustakas hit .500 last week (13-for-26) with five home runs, three doubles, and 14 RBIs. He's currently on a nine-game hitting streak, and on the season he's now batting .395/.482/.816 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. Moose leads the Texas League in just about everything.


John Lamb


Lamb made his High-A debut on Friday night, and it couldn't have gone much better. The 19-year-old southpaw is the youngest player in the Carolina League, but he shut down Myrtle Beach, surrendering just one run on four hits and a pair of walks over six innings while fanning nine. Between Low-A and High-A this year, Lamb is 3-3 with a 1.57 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 46.0 innings pitched.


Tim Smith


Smith jumps to the third spot on the Hot List after hitting .455 (10-for-22) last week with three home runs and 10 RBIs. The 23-year-old Canadian is now hitting .316/.372/.532 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 79 at bats this season.


Clint Robinson


Robinson apparently had no interest in hitting singles last week. The big first baseman went 9-for-27 (.333) with seven doubles, a home run, and 10 RBIs. On the season, Robinson (.274/.377/.465) now leads the Texas League with 15 doubles, three more than teammate Mike Moustakas.


Mike Montgomery


Montgomery made just one start last week, but it was a dandy. The 20-year-old southpaw surrendered just one run on seven hits in 7.2 innings against Arkansas on Friday night, fanning seven hitters while collecting his fifth win of the season. Between Wilmington and NW Arkansas this year, Montgomery is 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched.


Wil Myers


When Midwest League pitchers actually pitch to Myers, he hits. The 19-year-old backstop hit .417 last week (5-for-12) with six walks, two doubles, a home run, and five RBIs. After a slow start, Myers is now hitting .266/.378/.476 with six home runs, 10 doubles, and 29 RBIs for the Bees.


Tim Melville


No that's more like it. The struggling righthander tossed his best game of the season on Saturday, shutting down Myrtle Beach over 8.0 innings while fanning four and surrendering just one run on five hits and a walk. That's two straight good starts for Melville, who may finally be harnessing his command.


Derrick Robinson


Robinson once again took on the appearance of a prototypical leadoff hitter last week, hitting .360 (9-for-25) with six walks and four stolen bases. He was caught stealing three times, but his 25 successful swipes this season are more than twice as many as anyone else in the Texas League. Robinson is now hitting .310/.407/.406 on the year.


Eric Hosmer


It's funny how Hosmer can hit .310 (9-for-29), as he did last week, and we feel like he's slumping a bit, thanks to his incredible first month. Regardless, the big first baseman is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, and he added two more doubles and his fourth triple of the season last week. On the season, Hosmer is hitting a robust .376/.447/.558 with 16 doubles, two homers, and 30 RBIs.


Alex Caldera


Caldera made just one start last week, but it was good enough to keep him on the Hot List. The 24-year-old righthander on Wednesday shut down the Lynchburg Hillcats over six innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and no walks while fanning three. Caldera (3-2, 2.89) has fanned 14 batters while not allowing an earned run or walk over his last two starts (13.2 IP).


Mario Santiago


With all the the hyped pitching prospects on the Naturals' roster, it would be easy to overlook what Santiago has done this season. The 25-year-old righthander won both of his starts last week, pitching 13.0 innings while surrendering just three earned runs. On the season, Santiago is now 3-3 with a sparkling 2.54 ERA.


Matt Mitchell


Mitchell made just one start last week, but it was his fifth straight solid outing. Against Clinton on Wednesday, the 21-year-old righthander fanned nine batters over 5.2 innings while surrendering just one run on two hits and a pair of walks. Over his last five starts (29.0 IP), Mitchell has a 2.79 ERA.


Aaron Crow


Crow's only start last week was on Thursday against Tulsa, but the 23-year-old righthander got his season back on track with an excellent outing. Crow picked up his second victory of the year by holding the Drillers to two runs on seven hits and a walk over 7.0 innings of work. On the season, Crow is now 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA.


Johnny Giavotella


Giavotella put together a very solid week, hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs, three walks, two stolen bases, and an impressive nine runs scored. On the season, the 22-year-old second baseman is hitting .294/.372/.375 with 33 runs scored in 160 at bats.


Paulo Orlando


Orlando doesn't get to play every day for the talent-laden Naturals, but he certainly made the most of his opportunities last week, hitting .563 (9-for-16) with a pair of doubles and an RBI. On the season, the 24-year-old outfielder is now hitting .277/.327/.396 in 101 at bats.

Honorable Mentions

Juan Graterol


7-for-17 (.412), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K

Fernando Cruz


7-for-15 (.467), 2B

Rene Oriental


7-for-19 (.368), 5 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

Carlo Testa


6-for-17 (.353), 4 R, 3B, 2 RBI

Ernesto Mejia


9-for-22 (.409), 5 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI

Irving Falu


9-for-29 (.310), 6 R, 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI

David Lough


7-for-20 (.350), 3 2B, 3B, 2 BB

Jai Miller


5-for-16 (.313), 3 HR, 5 RBI

Jordan Parraz


8-for-23 (.348), 5 2B, HR, 6 RBI

Federico Castaneda


2 G, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

Greg Holland


3 G, 1 SV, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R

Blaine Hardy


2 G, 2 SV, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB

Edgar Osuna


5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Chris Dwyer


2 G, 1 W, 12.1 IP, 5 ER, 0 BB, 14 K

Patrick Keating


1 G, 1 SV, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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