Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 6

With another week gone by, here's how they shape up. Special consideration is given for the past week's action and can wreck havoc on the lists from update to update, but rankings are primarily compiled on an overall season-to-date basis. Statistics updated through July 4.

1. Rich Hill – SP – Iowa
(5-1, 1.85 ERA, 77.2 IP, 101 K, 16 BB, 0.88 WHIP)

Triple-A just isn't meant to hold him for too long. The left-hander has scattered one run over his last 24 innings and has gone seven innings in five of his last seven starts. His 101 strikeouts lead the farm system. Has not lost since May 25.

Highest Ranking: First.

2. Chris Shaver – SP – West Tenn
(4-5, 1.98 ERA, 95.2 IP, 87 K, 33 BB)

One of five Jaxx starting pitchers to garner Southern League all-star honors, the 6'7" left-hander is currently the hottest of them all with one earned run allowed in his last four starts, spanning 24 innings.

Highest Ranking: Second.

3. Randy Wells – SP – Iowa
(6-3, 2.22 ERA, 77 IP, 67 K, 15 BB)

The right-hander seems back on track following a rocky AAA debut. He continues to stay out of trouble with the walks and has been widely rumored as a potential call-up some time this year.

Highest Ranking: First.

4. Donald Veal – SP – Daytona
(6-3, 2.14 ERA, 92.1 IP, 99 K, 48 BB)

Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita said it was time to challenge a few prospects, and Veal was one of them. The left-hander has answered the challenge so far. Through three starts at High A, he has yet to allow an earned run and has 11 hits in 18 2/3 innings for a .175 average against. He is fresh off his most dominate outing of the year in which he allowed three hits and a walk in seven shutout innings.

Highest Ranking: Fourth.

5. Sean Gallagher – SP – West Tenn
(7-1, 2.50 ERA, 101 IP, 99 K, 36 BB)

A chink in the ol' mechanical armor led to 10 walks in his first 11 innings at Double-A. The 20-year-old right-hander is still holding his own with wins in three of his four outings since the promotion from Daytona.

Highest Ranking: Third.

6. Jake Fox – C – West Tenn
(.302, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 36 extra base hits)

Fox has slacked off somewhat with the bat (8-for-36) since the call-up to Double-A, but still has the farm system lead in RBIs and is second in home runs.

Highest Ranking: Second.

7. Micah Hoffpauir – 1B – Iowa
(.254, 19 HR, 58 RBI)

The farm system home run leader is getting some respect this season.

Highest Ranking: Second.

8. Ryan Norwood – 1B – Peoria
(.319, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 19 2B)

After a year off recuperating from a season-ending ankle injury, he has maintained a plus-.300 average most all year and recently had a string of eight multi-hit performances in 10 games to finish June with a .372 average.

Highest Ranking: Fifth.

9. Mitch Atkins – SP – Peoria
(7-2, 2.45 ERA, 88 IP, 76 K, 35 BB)

The 20-year-old allowed four runs in consecutive outings to elevate his ERA, but has steered clear of trouble most all year.

Highest Ranking: Fifth.

10. Miguel Negron – OF – West Tenn
(.373, 12 2B, 16 RBI, .963 OPS)

He's been with the Double-A club for almost a month and a half now and has shown no signs of slowing down. West Tenn manager Pat Listach says Negron can do it all: hit, run, field, and throw.

This Week's Honorable Mentions

Nic Jackson (OF, West Tenn) – Remains solid (and healthy) with a .310 average and .383 OBP at Double-A.

Chris Walker (OF, West Tenn) – His third straight all-star selection and a .300 average speaks for itself. He also has the farm system lead with 32 stolen bases.

Sam Fuld (OF, Daytona) – On the DL with a bulged disc in his back. He has not played since June 21, so his stats have not changed since last report.

Scott Moore (3B, West Tenn) – Another of West Tenn's quality all-stars. He leads the team in home runs (14) and RBIs (46). Matter of fact, let's just add the entire Jaxx all-star nominees to the list ...

Mark Holliman (SP, Daytona) – The right-hander had a 1.10 ERA in 32 1/3 innings in June and has won his last three decisions.

Mike Fontenot (2B, Iowa) -- In his third straight year in Triple-A and off the 40-man roster, he understands the importance of putting together a good season for Cubs brass. He closed out June with a .364 average for the month and has collected hits in 13 of his last 14 games.


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