Shipped back to Triple-A after a slow July, Morales is doing all in his power to get back to the majors quickly. He has five homers in his first 12 games back in the minors, hitting .370 and striking out just five times in that stretch. He's managed seven multi-hit games in there as well. 2) Terry Evans, OF, Arkansas (6)
Want to impress your new team? Try ten homers in your first 100 at-bats while playing very good defense at a position of need in the system. Just for fun, swipe seven bases in your first month and keep your batting average right around .300. Evans has quickly fallen in love with Ray Winder Field where he has hit .373 with eight homers in just 15 games.
3) Sean Rodriguez, SS, Rancho Cucamonga (2)
Rodriguez ran off hitting streaks of eight and nine games in July and had 10 doubles and six homers in the month. The right-handed slugger also drove in 26 runs to lead the organization and is sitting just one home run off the Cal League lead. 4) Nick Adenhart, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (3)
One poor outing against Stockton not withstanding, Adenhart is making the jump to High-A effectively. The righty has allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts, striking out 29 in 32.2 innings over that stretch. Although his walk total (just under one every three innings) is a bit high, Adenhart has surrendered just three extra-base hits – none of them homers – in a hitters' league.
5) Ryan Aldridge, RHP, Cedar Rapids (8)
The Kernels closer has allowed just two earned runs in the last two months, a span of 27.2 innings of work. The righty now ranks third in the Midwest League with 22 saves and has pulled his season ERA down to 2.47. Aldridge has recorded more than twice as many strikeouts (74) as hits allowed (32). We still expect to see Aldridge moved up before the end of the year.
6) Reggie Willits, OF, Salt Lake (NR)
We predicted a return to the majors for Willits in our last rankings and he joined the Angels the next day. Now back with the Bees once again, the fleet-footed center fielder has hit in four straight and now owns a .322 average on the year in Triple-A. Willits had three stolen bases in his first three games back and continues to set himself up for success by drawing 70 walks in 91 games.
7) Hainley Statia, SS, Cedar Rapids (NR)
The switch-hitter from the Antilles hit .400 for July, more than doubled his season stolen base total with 12 in the month and scored 24 runs in 27 games. While he is sometimes overshadowed in an organization with plenty of middle infield talent, Statia's approach and aptitude make him a sleeper to watch in the coming years.
8) Bob Zimmermann, RHP, Arkansas (NR)
After a dreadful first half, Zimmermann is finally back on track, giving up just three runs over his last 17 innings of work. The big righty from St. Louis is still walking too many, but opponents have hit just .164 against him since July 1.
9) Nick Green
, RHP, Arkansas (NR)
Despite a 4.71 ERA overall in Arkansas, Green sports a 7-2 record for the Travs and has won five of his last seven starts. The right-hander has allowed too many homers, but is coming off an eight inning, one run performance in which he matched his season high of seven strikeouts.
10) Bobby Wilson, C, Arkansas (NR)
The 23-year-old backstop who has maintained a .300 average virtually all season has gone on an RBI splurge of late, collecting nine in 10 games. He has also thrown out 43 percent of would-be base stealers from behind the plate.
Also getting attention:
Anderson Rosario The 21-year-old outfielder has raised his average more than 100 points and collected six of his nine total extra-base hits in the last two weeks.
Tim Duff The Quakes' backup catcher only has 37 at-bats over the last six weeks, but he's hitting .405 in that span.
Matt Brown (1)
- Just one homer and two multi-hit games in the last three weeks. Stephen Marek (4)
- Derailed by an injury, but a nice return outing bodes well for a ranking again soon. Tommy Mendoza (5)
Jose Arredondo (7)
Brandon Wood, (9)
Nate Sutton (10)