Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 2

Week Two of our Prospect Power Rankings finds a new No. 1. Who made the biggest jump forward, and who took the biggest step back?  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp

(Special consideration is given to individual performances in the past week and month, but rankings are generally compiled on a season-to-date basis. Statistics updated through May 30.)

1. Sam Fuld – OF – Daytona

COMMENTS: Fuld made the biggest jump up from last week. Currently riding a 17-game hitting streak and batting a season-high .354, that is now the best batting average in the farm system. This month alone, he has an on-base percentage of .496.

Last week's ranking: Eighth.

2. Matt Craig – 1B – Daytona

COMMENTS: Another solid week for Craig with four multi-hit games. He's batting over .400 in the last month and has the highest on base percentage (.505) since May began. Also, he leads the farm with 28 walks.

Last week's ranking: Sixth.

3. Randy Wells – SP – West Tenn

COMMENTS: He now has the best ERA of any starter in the farm system and has still yet to allow more than one earned run in any starts. Control is his best friend.

4. Micah Hoffpauir – 1B – Iowa

COMMENTS: At last check (meaning prior to Monday night play), he was leading all of minor league baseball in home runs with 14. He's 11-for-35 with four roundtrippers in 10 games since being called up from Double-A.

Last week's ranking: Second.

5. Luis Montanez – OF – Iowa

COMMENTS: Last week's no. 1, Montanez falls despite four two-hit games in his last seven starts. That should tell you how well the top three hitters above him are performing.

Last week's ranking: First.

6. Jake Fox – C – Daytona

COMMENTS: The RBI leader in the farm system with 44 (seven better than Hoffpauir) through 49 games.

Last week's ranking: Fourth.

7. Carlos Marmol – SP – West Tenn

COMMENTS: Another solid outing last week and another no-decision despite not allowing any runs (the third time in 11 starts that's happened this season). He allowed his first home run on Monday, but has given up 22 hits in his last 30 2/3 innings.

8. Mitch Atkins – SP – Peoria

COMMENTS: One of only two starters yet to lose thus far in '06. Atkins' .195 average against is also considerably lower than Sean Gallagher's .265 mark.

9. Sean Gallagher – SP – Daytona

COMMENTS: Coming off his worst outing of the year (4 R, 2 HR, 5 IP), but like Atkins is still undefeated in 10 starts. His 2.43 ERA is far and away better than any one else in Daytona's rotation.

Last week's ranking: Third.

10. Ryan Norwood – 1B – Peoria

COMMENTS: Another solid week with hits in five straight games and eight of the last nine overall.

Last week's ranking: Fifth.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Donald Veal (Peoria) – He and Marmol have gone back and forth as the strikeout leaders this year. Opponents are batting just .178 against the second-round pick.

Clay Rapada (West Tenn) – Now tied for the most saves in the farm system with 15. He has a four-to-one strikeout to walk ratio and hasn't allowed an earned run since May 2.

Ed Campusano (Peoria) – 15 saves here as well to compliment a 0.81 ERA in 22 1/3 innings. Slight advantage to Rapada based on level of competition.

Nic Jackson (West Tenn) – Has cooled off somewhat recently, but is still batting above .300 in 29 games since being called up from Daytona.

Adalberto Mendez (Daytona) - Last week's ERA leader, he recently gave up his first run since April 23, but still holds down a 0.90 ERA and had a season-high five strikeouts in his last outing on Saturday.

Jesus Valdez (Peoria) - He doesn't crack any top prospect lists, but a 19-game hitting streak and .287 average is nothing to sneeze at.

Mike Fontenot (Iowa) – Has been red-hot this past month (.345) with more at-bats and leads Iowa hitters in batting average for any player who has been with the team since Opening Night.

Casey McGehee (Iowa) – After a slow start, he's hovering around .300.

Scott Moore (West Tenn) – A rough past week (only one hit in his last 18 at-bats) saw his average slide some 25 points from .300 to .275. His 58 strikeouts continue to lead the farm system.

TOP ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMERS THROUGH 5/30
*Minimum 25 IP/100 ABs

PITCHERCLUBW-LERAIPHBBSOWHIP
Adalberto MendezDAY1-00.9030.019 7330.87
Clay RapadaWTN3-21.1531.1237280.96
Matt AveryPEO2-21.2928.01816241.21
Randy WellsWTN2-21.3141.1308360.92
Thomas AtleeWTN2-21.4936.1259270.94
Rocky CherryWTN2-11.6128.01811251.04
Carlos VasquezWTN/DAY3-01.9936.12513331.05
Mitch AtkinsPEO3-02.0149.13417491.03
Juan MateoWTN3-22.1446.13215361.01
Carlos MarmolWTN3-22.3358.04225671.16
BATTERCLUBAVGGABRHHRRBIOBP
Sam FuldDAY.354481953569327.428
Luis MontanezIOW/WTN.346491792762329.410
Matt CraigDAY.335451582653728.439
Ryan NorwoodPEO.321481841959525.355
Michael RestovichIOW.318301101635823.392
Mike FontenotIOW.30345142194338.373
Buck CoatsIOW.302461791954319.352
Jake FoxDAY.3014918634561144.370
Casey McGeheeIOW.293461641248316.361
Nic JacksonWTN/DAY.292471712650214.370

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