He's allowed just two earned runs in 21 innings since our last rankings, striking out 24 in the process. He's leads the minors with a 6-0 record, has the best ERA (1.60) in the system, and is second in the Midwest League with 54 strikeouts – seven more batters than have reached base against him this year.
2) Jered Weaver, RHP, Salt Lake (6)
The guy drafted 13 rounds ahead of Adenhart with much more fanfare has been almost as impressive over his last three outings. Weaver has allowed three runs in the last 19 innings to lower his ERA to 2.79, good enough to move into the top 10 for the PCL. He has 24 strikeouts in that span and 50 overall, good for second in the league. With only six walks and four homers allowed, Weaver has done a fantastic job of hurting himself.
3) Jordan Renz, RF, Cedar Rapids (NR)
Even before his mind-numbing performance Monday night, Renz was among the hottest hitters in the system. He now leads all Angels farmhands with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and a .664 slugging percentage. The last two are good for the Midwest League lead as well.
4) Jeff Mathis, C, Salt Lake (NR)
After a brutal start to the year in the big leagues, Jeff Mathis is finding himself – at the plate and behind it – in Salt Lake. Having hit in all 11 games since his demotion, he has a .318/.354/.523 line with the Bees. He has also nabbed three of eight would-be base stealers and has no errors or passed balls in the field. While the Angels have shown no signs that they would carry three catchers, Mathis could force his way back to the big leagues sooner rather than later.
5) Jose Arredondo, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (3)
Just another ho-hum line for the former shortstop: two starts, 12 innings, 17 strikeouts. The righty has a system-best 57 through just 37.1 innings of work and has also cut his walk totals recently. His 2.41 ERA is fourth in the Cal League, but he'll need to focus on getting deeper into games before he might move up.
6) Michael Collins, C, Rancho Cucamonga (NR)
He's hit in 11 of 12 games, collecting 10 RBIs and three stolen bases along the way. He has moved up to fourth in the Cal League – and first in the Angels' system – with a .348 average. He's also cut his strikeout totals and increased the number of walks he's drawing.
7) Brandon Wood, SS, Arkansas (5)
Although his average has fallen off with a .255 mark in May, he remains among league leaders in homers, RBIs and extra-base hits. He's also cut his strikeout rate significantly, whiffing just 15 times in the last 16 games. That's down from nearly once ever two-and-a-half at-bats through the early part of the season.
8) Eric Rodland, 2B, Arkansas (NR)
The second baseman has been an on-base machine for the Travelers, drawing 16 walks to compliment his .333 average. The left-handed hitter has reached in all but one of his last 15 games to move into the top five in the Southern League in on-base percentage. While he still hasn't stolen a base, he might move to the front of the lineup on a more regular basis soon.
9) Mike Eylward, 1B/DH, Salt Lake (9)
After earning his promotion to Triple-A with a .365/407/644 line at Arkansas, the corner infielder has reached base in all but one of his games with the Bees and has drawn five walks in 32 plate appearances. While the numbers at Salt Lake haven't been spectacular, we'll give him a bit more time to adjust to the higher competition.
10) Pat Reilly, LF, Rancho Cucamonga (10)
He hasn't missed a beat since moving up to the Quakes, hitting in each of his six starts in the Cal League. With four of his first seven hits going for extra-bases, he has picked up right where he left off in Cedar Rapids and has the highest OPS on the team. Another stretch like this and he'll finally move out of the 10-spot.
Also getting attention:
Nick Gorneault - With most of the middle of Salt Lake's lineup shuttling to the big leagues, the right fielder has been pounding the ball in May. He's also scored 13 and driven in 12 over 14 games.
Steven Shell - After missing a few starts with back spasms, the righty came back with five innings of one-run ball. If he makes all his starts before the next rankings, he'll likely be among the top 10.
Kendry Morales - While he got off to a slow start, Morales is now making more consistent contact for the Bees. He needs to start turning on a few more for extra-bases, but another fortnight like the last one and he'll be back over the .300 mark and in the spotlight.
Howie Kendrick - Now that he's back with Salt Lake, look for him to assume a top spot in the next rankings.