On the verge
Here are some recently hot minor-leaguers worth tracking (stats through Tuesday, June 13):
Minor league hotlist
Position, player, team Minor league numbers
1 SP Chad Billingsley, LAD Triple-A: (6-3)-3.95-57-1.259
Called to up start Thursday; take that flier in any league immediately.
2 SP Scott Mathieson, PHI Double-A: (6-2)-3.05-95-1.086
Desperate Phils are rushing him up this week, but he's a good one.
3 2B Howie Kendrick, LAA Triple-A: .398-7-42-38-6
Made it up over .400 this week. He will be a .300-plus hitter in bigs.
4 OF Hunter Pence, HOU Double-A: .286-16-50-47-6
We have added him to our database, so you can pick him up now.
5 SS Stephen Drew, ARI Triple-A: .303-9-34-39-1
Has cooled off of late, but contending D-Backs aren't in rush now.
Honorable mentions: Double-A 3B Alex Gordon, KC; Triple-A SP Jeremy Sowers, CLE; Double-A SS Brandon Wood, LAA; Triple-A 3B Andy LaRoche, LAD; Triple-A OF Scott Hairston, ARI; Triple-A SS Dustin Pedroia, BOS; Double-A SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL; Triple-A 1B Ryan Shealy, COL; Double-A RF Billy Butler, KC; High Class A SP Kevin Slowey, MIN; Triple-A SP Anthony Reyes, STL; Triple-A C Jeff Mathis, LAA; Triple-A 3B Josh Fields, CHW; Triple-A OF Elijah Dukes, TB; Triple-A SP Chuck James, ATL; Double-A SP Humberto Sanchez, DET; Triple-A SP Tom Gorzelanny, PIT; Double-A Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B; Triple-A OF Carlos Quentin, ARI; Triple-A OF Tony Gwynn, Jr., MIL; Double-A SP Thomas Diamond, TEX; Triple-A 3B/OF Jeff Baker, COL; Triple-A SS B.J. Upton, TB; Triple-A OF Delwyn Young, LAD; Triple-A OF Nelson Cruz, MIL; Triple-A 1B Larry Broadway, WAS; Triple-A SP Jason Hirsch, HOU; Double-A SP Cesar Carrillo, SD; Double-A C George Kottaras, SD; Double-A SP Philip Hughes, NYY; Double-A SP Mike Pelfrey, NYM; Class A SP Homer Bailey, CIN.