On a day when the Royals just bolstered their farm system signing top prep right hander Tim Melville another farm hand earned high praise from Baseball America.
Daniel Cortes, a righty at AA Northwest Arkansas, ranked No. 2 on the BA Prospect Hot sheet this week. The prized piece of the 2006 deal that sent Mike MacDougal to the White Sox in exchange for Cortes and southpaw Tyler Lumsden (thank god Cortes was included - Lumsden has been horrid) Cortes has been very good against very good Texas League hitting this year.
This past week Cortes posted a line of 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 12 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 BB, 17 SO. So it's not hard to see why the Royals were so adament on including him in the trade. It should be interesting to see whether Melville unseats Cortes as the organization's top pitching prospect according to BA next season.