FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 2

The Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates have not been able to keep pace with their amazing start to the season, combining to play just one game over .500 combined this week. There have still been outstanding performances throughout the system, however, and they are headlined by top prospect Jarrod Parker. See the hottest players in the organization ranked inside.

Reno Aces 7-10 (2nd); 3-4 This Week
Mobile BayBears 12-5 (1st); 4-3 This Week
Visalia Rawhide 13-5 (1st) ; 3-4 This Week
South Bend Silver Hawks 7-9 (4th); 4-2 This Week

Jarrod Parker and Gerardo Parra, the top pitching and hitting prospects in the organization, are justifying their high acclaim early in the 2009 season.  Parker has fanned 21 California League hitters in 19 innings while allowing just 12 hits and walking only four.  Gerardo Parra's improved plate discipline has him pacing the Southern League in both batting average and on-base percentage.  Most impressively, Parker turned 20 last November and Parra turns 22 next week, making both players young for their respective leagues.

The top of our rankings still belong to Bryan Augenstein, however.  He has been successful in every possible way as a pitcher: he's striking guys out, inducing ground balls, and refusing to issue free passes.  He matches up Tuesday against Jarrod Parker, the best pitching prospect in the White Sox organization who fanned 11 batters in his last start.  That should be a good one.

Mobile's big four on offense continue to impress.  Gerardo Parra, Ricardo Sosa, Chris Rahl, and Bryan Byrne all rank among the Southern League's top hitters.  Any of those four could be promoted before June.

Remember, even though Jarrod Parker and Gerardo Parra appear near the top of this list, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, not the best prospects overall.  Also, you need to be rookie-eligible to appear on the list.  Therefore, even though Leo Rosales has a 1.00- Reno ERA and deserves to be in the big league bullpen, he isn't ranked here.

Abbreviations: Mob=Mobile, SL=Southern League, PCL= Pacific Coast League
SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League

Stats are accurate as of Sunday, April 26th.  A highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Bryan Augenstein Mob One of two 3-0 pitchers in the league; 0.47 ERA is lowest among SL starters
2 4 SP Jarrod Parker Vis 0.95 ERA is tied for 2nd in CL
3 9 OF Gerardo Parra Mob Leading the SL with a .377 BA and .493 OBP
4 8 OF Chris Rahl Mob 4th in SL with a robust 1.024 OPS
5 5 OF Collin Cowgill Vis 2nd in CL with 16 runs scored and 17 RBI
6 3 3B Ricardo Sosa Mob Not as dominant as last week, but still at .371/.435/.581
7 6 OF Brendan Duffy SB Batting .405 in his last 10 games, but he's singles-and-nothing-else
8 7 1B Bryan Byrne Mob Still 2nd in SL with .484 OBP after so-so week
9 12 RP Esmerling Vasquez Az Earned promotion after 0.93 Reno ERA
10 11 1B Joshua Whitesell Reno Whitesell: .351/.479/.561; Clark: .174/.269/.435; Tracy: .255/.273/.431
11 16 RP Jason Urquidez Mob Still hasn't allowed a run, and just 3 hits in 9.1 IP
12 22 SP Ryan Cook SB Cook is now 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA
13 13 C John Hester Reno .908 OPS and no errors this year
14 2 SP Josh Collmenter Vis Tagged for 5 runs in his last start after two shutout performances
15 NR OF Ollie Linton Vis Leads CL with 20 runs scored ; 3rd with .468 OBP
16 NR RP Clay Zavada Mob 0 ER, 10 K, and 1 H over his last 7 IP
17 14 SP Hector Ambriz Mob 2-2 2.86; 2nd in SL with 26 strikeouts
18 24 3B Augie Murillo Reno .309/.391/.509 and no errors so far
19 NR RP Sean Morgan SB Tossed 4.1 scoreless on Sunday and has a 0.96 ERA
20 10 RP Jeff Dietz Vis Allowed 3 baserunners without a hit or out April 22; all 3 scored
21 17 1B Ryne White Vis Went 2-for-12 with no extra base hits at Modesto, but OBP is still over .400
22 18 RP Scott Maine Mob Allowed his first run, but still 7K, 0BB, 1.13 ERA
23 15 OF Evan Frey Mob .317 with 13 RBI vs RHP; .111 with 1 RBI vs LHP
24 NR SP Wes Roemer Vis Still allowing lots of hits, but is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA
25 NR IF Justin Parker SB 7-for-12 with 3 BB and 3 XBH over past 4 games

Falling Off:

Ed Easley (19) is still drawing the most walks in the CL, but nothing else is going right offensively

Wade Miley (20) got tagged for seven hits and four earned runs in his last outing

James Skelton (21) is 6-for-his-last-35 (.171) and has committed three errors

Four to Watch:

RP Jose Marte (Reno) hasn't allowed a run in his previous five innings, spanning three appearances

C Orlando Mercado (Mobile) has five extra base hits and 9 RBI in 24 at-bats (.583 SLG)

RP Bryan Henry (Visalia) is 2-0 and has struck out eight batters without walking any in his past two outings

IF Victor Estevez (South Bend) is batting .350 with a .950 OPS in limited playing time


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