The third-round pick from 2000 leads Salt Lake with a .354 average and .391 OBP, and sits just behind Dallas McPherson for the club lead with a .512 slugging percentage. The switch-hitter has had nearly twice as many multi-hit games as no-hit games in his first taste of Triple-A.
2) Erick Aybar, SS, Salt Lake (2)
You want a leadoff man to get on, use his speed to disrupt things, and score runs, and that's exactly what Aybar has done so far. The speedy shortstop leads the Bees with a .360 on-base percentage, has swiped seven bags, and is second in the PCL with 20 runs scored. Although his seven errors are troubling, his speed has helped him tally more than five chances a game at short, second-best in the league.
3) Jose Arredondo, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (5)
His 40 strikeouts lead the Cal League and are good for third in the minors. Although his .242 average against isn't dominant, the 2.13 ERA and 14-plus strikeouts per nine innings certainly are.
4) Cody Fuller, OF, Rancho Cucamonga (NR)
The former Texas Tech wide receiver is now focused solely on baseball, and is getting great results from it. In his first year of full-season ball, the right-hander sports the third-highest average (.415) in all of minor league baseball and his .472 on-base percentage tops the Cal League.
5) Brandon Wood, SS, Arkansas (4)
His six home runs are tied for second in the Texas League, and he's drawn five walks against his last 10 strikeouts, a noticeably better ratio than he had to start the year. He's hitting more than 150 points higher on the road than at home.
6) Jered Weaver, RHP, Salt Lake (NR)
Although his 3.41 ERA is troubling, the tall righty leads the PCL with 38 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. He has – to say the least – struggled with consistency, posting runs allowed totals of one, four, zero, five and one.
7) Nick Adenhart, RHP, Cedar Rapids (NR)
The 2004 high-school pick leads the Kernels with a 2.12 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work. Even in a pitchers' league (he'd need to reduce his ERA by another run for the league lead), that's impressive work for a teenager.
8) Sean Rodriguez, SS, Rancho Cucamonga (7)
With a league-high .625 slugging percentage and a .388 average that trails only Fuller, Rodriguez is doing his best to ensure that shortstop at Rancho Cucamonga remains one of the most dominant spots in the Cal League.
9) Mike Eylward, OF, Arkansas (NR)
With a minor-league-leading 12 doubles, and the second-best average in the Southern League, things finally seem to be coming together for the 2001 late-round pick. Although his age (26) is a strike against him in a system full of young talent, a .367/.414/.589 line will get you noticed anywhere.
10) Pat Reilly, LF, Cedar Rapids (10)
Reilly continues to pace the Kernels with a .325 average, .391 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage, 16 runs scored and four triples. He's also stolen five bases in six attempts so far.
Also getting attention:
Michael Collins - Although he's having some trouble behind the plate, the Aussie is remains a force at the dish, where his .325 average, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored all rank among the system's leaders.
Matt Brown - The third baseman has a .337 average and .571 slugging percentage to go along with five homers. Another week like his last will have him in the rankings.
Jason Bulger - The right-hander has his velocity back and is making PCL hitters look bad. He's given up only one earned run while striking out 19 in 13.2 innings of work at the back of the Bee's bullpen.