By the way, there aren't any Pirates minor leaguers in the BA Prospect Hot Sheet listed above, which "combin[es] prospect status with recent performance." That's not good. If they enlarged the team photo to include three Pirates, though, here are the ones they might pick.
- Ronny Paulino, who's hitting .388/.450/.755 in 98 at bats for Indianapolis. He's complicating the already complicated catching situation in Pittsburgh, since the Pirates now can't send any of their three major league catchers to AAA.
- Javier Guzman, who's hitting .383/.377/.533 in 15 games at Altoona. Yes, that batting average is higher than his on-base percentage and no, he hasn't drawn a walk yet, but until the batting average drops, it's hard to complain too much. If he's really 23 as rumored, rather than 21, he'd better keep hitting and improve his defense if he wants to avoid getting Josh Bonifay'ed.
- 2005 second rounder Brad Corley, who's hitting .298/.441/.511 at short-season Williamsport. Hickory has had trouble hitting this year, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Corley promoted there in the next few weeks. 1B Steven Pearce, who was chosen in the eighth round, is posting similarly gaudy numbers at Williamsport and could also find himself in Hickory soon. He's eight months older than Corley, however, and will need to move a bit more quickly to make it.