2007 Stats: 5-0, 0.44 ERA, 41 IP, 30 K, 8 BB, .217 AVG
Last Week: First.
Consistently the top pitching performer in the Cubs' farm system all season, and a winner of five straight starts. Is it too early to talk promotion?
2. Felix Pie: OF, Iowa (Triple-A)
2007 Stats: .464 AVG, 1 HR, 11 RBI, .530 OBP
Highest Ranking: Second.
The Cubs' top prospect returns to his rightful place near the top of our rankings after nearly a month in Chicago. He's taking the return trip to Iowa in stride with 10 hits in his first 20 at-bats since rejoining the team.
3. Micah Hoffpauir: 1B, Iowa (Triple-A)
2007 Stats: .296 AVG, 7 HR, 36 RBI, .343 OBP
Last Week: Second/Highest Ranking: First.
His batting average had begun to tail off slightly, but he still leads the farm system in home runs and RBIs.
4. Tyler Colvin: OF, Daytona (Class High-A)
2007 Stats: .317 AVG, 2 HR, 28 RBI, .351 OBP
Last Week/Highest Ranking: Third.
Last year's first-round pick has yet to go two straight games without recording a hit this season. He is still second in the system in RBIs.
5. Carlos Marmol: SP, Iowa
2007 Stats: 4-1, 3.79 ERA, 40.1 IP, 46 K, 12 BB, .201 AVG
Last Week: Fourth/Highest Ranking: Second.
Not only does he continue to lead the farm system in strikeouts, his average against is one of the lowest amongst all Cubs minor league starters.
6. Mitch Atkins: SP, Daytona
2007 Stats: 2-1, 2.67 ERA, 30.1 IP, 28 K, 8 BB, .222 AVG
Last Week: Fifth/Highest Ranking: Second.
The right-hander is coming off his worst outing of the season after allowing three home runs (all solo shots) and a season-high three walks in 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday. This did not deter his ranking much.
7. Mike Fontenot: INF, Iowa
2007 Stats: .368 AVG, 6 HR, 27 RBI, .406 OBP
Highest Ranking: Seventh.
Fontenot, named the Pacific Coast League's Hitter of the Week, has been close to cracking our list most every week and his recent surge secures him a steady place in our rankings. With four hits on Mother's Day to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games, he's now batting almost .500 in May.
8. Eric Patterson: 2B, Iowa
2007 Stats: .339 AVG, 5 HR, 18 RBI, .389 OBP
Highest Ranking: Eighth.
Since ironing out some timing issues with his swing, the Cubs' top infield prospect has nine multi-hit games in his last 10 starts. He enters the week with a homer in each of his last three games.
9. Rocky Roquet: CP, Peoria (Class-A)
2007 Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SV, 17.2 IP, 22 K, 8 BB, .200 AVG
Last Week/Highest Ranking: Ninth.
Make it 14 consecutive outings in which the right-hander has not allowed a run to open the season.
10. Sean Gallagher: SP, Tennessee
2007 Stats: 4-2, 3.11 ERA, 37.2 IP, 37 K, 14 BB, .231 AVG
Highest Ranking: Eighth.
Turned in his best outing of the year with seven shutout innings in his most recent start, when he yielded four hits and tied a season-high eight strikeouts. That moved him into second place in the farm system in K's.
Honorable Mentions This Week
Jorge Cortes (OF, Tennessee): The left-handed hitting outfielder has reached base safely in all but two of his 25 starts this season for a .407 average in 27 games. He's drawn more walks (13) than strikeouts (11) for a .485 on-base percentage in his first 86 at-bats. Despite being in Double-A at age 26, he is having his best year thus far.
Matt Craig (INF, Tennessee): His average remains a steady .346 entering the week, and he is tied for second on the Double-A club with 19 RBIs.
Jake Fox (C/INF/OF, Tennessee): He's getting a hit most every night, but could stand to help his on-base percentage, having struck out 27 times and walked only twice this season.
Sam Fuld (OF, Tennessee): Since coming up from Extended Spring Training, he's picked up right where he left off with a .407 on-base percentage and a hit in 15 of his first 18 games.
Jose Ceda (SP, Peoria): Despite his 4.70 ERA in six starts, the hard-throwing right-hander has the lowest average against (.173) of any Cubs minor league starter.
Jerry Blevins (RP, Daytona): The left-hander has a 6-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio with just one run allowed in his first 22-plus innings. He's also a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities.