Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 5

Special consideration is given for the past week's action and can wreck havoc on the lists from update to update. Rankings are primarily compiled more so on a season-to-date basis. All statistics updated through June 25.

1. Rich Hill – SP – Iowa

Just 44 hits and 12 walks allowed in 63-plus innings this season. That is magnificent anywhere, let alone the PCL. He struck out 10 without a walk against Omaha in his recent start and has four double-digit strikeout performances this season. His 2.12 ERA is now tops in the farm system for any full-season starter.

Highest Ranking: First.

2. Randy Wells – SP – Iowa

His first career start at Triple-A saw him lit up to the tune of seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. This after his final start at Double-A, where he surrendered four runs in six innings. Nevertheless, his ERA (2.45) is above two points for the first time all season.

Highest Ranking: First.

3. Jake Fox – C – West Tenn

A well-deserved promotion to Double-A has seen him go 5-for-15 in his first five games there. He remains the RBI leader in the farm system with 62.

Highest Ranking: Second.

4. Micah Hoffpauir – 1B – Iowa

Four home runs in the past week has propelled him back into the farm system lead with 19. His .258 average since being called up to Iowa is a shade lower than what he'd like, but he is second only to Fox in RBIs with 56. His 37 extra base hits also lead the system.

Highest Ranking: Second.

5. Sean Gallagher – SP – West Tenn

Ten walks in his first two Double-A outings are a tad alarming, but he remains solid overall at 6-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts, including 2-0 with his new club. His 91 strikeouts are the most in the farm system.

Highest Ranking: Third.

6. Clay Rapada – RP/CP – Iowa

A 0.82 ERA, .92 WHIP, plus 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and 21 saves at West Tenn got the sidearm lefty his first promotion to Triple-A last week.

Highest Ranking: Sixth.

7. Mark Reed – C – Peoria

His 11-game hitting streak ended over the weekend, but he has hits in 14 of his last 16 games and is batting .330 overall and .354 in June – much better than his brief stint with the team in April of last year.

Highest Ranking: Fourth.

8. Donald Veal – SP – Daytona

Mostly impressive in his High-A debut, he allowed an unearned run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He continues to battle Gallagher and Hill for the most strikeouts in the farm system with 89 in 79 1/3 innings.

Highest Ranking: Seventh.

9. Sam Fuld – OF – Daytona

He has not played since June 21 and has been placed on the DL. Even in his worst stretch of the season (0 for his last 10), he still maintains a .328 average and .406 OBP.

Highest Ranking: First.

10. Chris Shaver – SP – West Tenn

The 6'7" left-hander is 10th and rising after allowing just two earned runs in his last four starts. His 4-4 record does not do a 2.37 ERA justice.

On the Bubble

Mitch Atkins (SP, Peoria) – A season-high four earned runs allowed in each of his last two starts, coupled with his shortest outing of the year in his most recent start puts Atkins on the bubble for the week. His ERA remains a steady 2.58.

Nic Jackson (OF, West Tenn) – Batting above .314 with a .382 OBP since being called up to Double-A in late April.

Mike Fontenot (2B, Iowa) – An OBP of near .400 (.396) in 68 games.

J.R. Mathes (SP, West Tenn) – A complete game, four-hit shutout on Sunday lowered his ERA to below three points and earned him his seventh victory this season, which ties Iowa's Les Walrond.

Miguel Negron (OF, West Tenn) – Continues to swing the bat well with a .363 average in his first 30 games with the Jaxx. Equally as impressive is his .417 OBP since coming over from the Blue Jays farm system. Fourteen of his 33 hits have gone for extra bases.

Eric Patterson (2B, West Tenn) – Recently selected to this year's Futures Game, he is hovering around .300 with an OBP of .354 after skipping High-A ball.

Mark Holliman (SP, Daytona) – A 2.88 ERA and .189 average against leads Daytona's starting rotation. Impressive numbers for last year's third-round pick that went right to work in High-A to kick off his professional career.

Thomas Atlee (RP, Iowa) – One run and five hits allowed in 9 2/3 innings since the call-up to Triple-A. Overall this season, he has a 1.53 ERA in 52 2/3 innings from the bullpen.

Ryan Harvey (OF, Daytona) – Despite hovering around the Mendoza Line most of the season, he has the third most RBIs in the system with 41 in 61 games and is batting a much improved .286 in June.


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