Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 3

The third installment in our 2009 Prospect Power Rankings, these rankings are compiled and updated on a weekly basis throughout the season and are based solely on player performances (read: not age).

Statistics updated through the morning of May 4.


1. Jake Fox: 1B, Iowa (Class AAA)
Stats: .420 AVG, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 1.477 OPS

Since our last rankings release, the first baseman/outfielder added three more home runs to his total, and continues to lead the farm system in long-balls, RBI and batting average. He had reached base safely in 20 of his first 21 games.

2. Tony Thomas: 2B, Tennessee (Class AA)
Stats: .338 AVG, 4 HR, 13 RBI

Thomas continues to be consistent and a pleasant surprise in his first year at Double-A. Entering play Monday, he had reached base in 11 of his last 12 contests and had a .415 on-base percentage atop the lineup.

3. Marquez Smith: 3B, Tennessee
Stats: .254 AVG, 5 HR, 20 RBI

Promoted to Double-A after leading the Florida State League in home runs and RBI for most of April, his average had tailed off causing a slight drop this week.

4. Josh Harrison: INF/OF, Peoria (Class-A)
Stats: .367 AVG, 8 XBH, 10 RBI

The versatile infielder has been the quintessential rally starter this season, reaching base safely in 18 straight games and 21 of his first 22 games overall for a .400 on-base percentage. He had eight extra base hits to go with five stolen bases and was third on the club in RBI. Moreover, his .367 average through 22 games ranked second in the farm system and fourth in the Midwest League.

5. Rebel Ridling: 1B, Peoria
Stats: .289 AVG, 11 XBH, 20 RBI

The first baseman continues to be an RBI machine. He had nine doubles, plus 10 walks versus 14 strikeouts through 22 games, and his average remained steady.


1. Chris Carpenter: RHP, Peoria
Stats: 1-1, 1.73 ERA, 26 IP

The third-round pick from Kent State a season ago makes a big jump this week. His 29 strikeouts lead the farm system and he'd scattered just four hits over his last 17 innings without allowing a single run. He led the Chiefs in innings pitched and held opponents to a .125 average against while posting a 0.96 WHIP in five starts.

2. Ryan Searle: RHP, Daytona
Stats: 2-1, 1.88 ERA, 24 IP

Making his first appearance in our rankings, the right-hander and Aussie native overcame a slow start to toss 16 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. He'd scattered just five hits over his last three starts and racked up nine strikeouts to two walks in that span to make for a .167 average against on the year. Moreover, he'd walked only three batters, an average of one per eight innings.

3. Jose Ascanio: RHP, Iowa
Stats: 0-0, 1.25 ERA, 21.2 IP

Still searching for his first win, he had 17 strikeouts and held opponents to a .195 average against in his first month. Not overpowering, but consistent.

4. Dan McDaniel: RHP, Daytona
Stats: 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP

He missed a start due to back problems, but showed no ill effects in his first game back from the DL. In three starts, he'd allowed just seven hits for a .137 average against and combined for a 0.75 WHIP – tied for the lowest mark in the system.

5. Casey Coleman: RHP, Tennessee
Stats: 3-1, 2.74 ERA, 23 IP

One of the more consistent pitchers early on, he's worked five innings or more in each of his four starts. Only four of his 21 hits have gone for extra bases, and just one for a home run.


Andres Blanco, SS: Iowa

The switch-hitting infielder has been a force from both sides of the plate. His .351 average is third best in the Cubs' system and the veteran shortstop entered the week with a nine-game hitting streak. He had five doubles and five walks versus only six strikeouts through 22 games.

Brad Snyder, OF: Iowa

The 26-year-old outfielder entered the week with a 13-game hit streak and a .297 average. His five home runs were tied for second in the system and his 18 RBI placed fourth.

Josh Vitters, 3B: Peoria

He had been on base in 18 of his first 20 games, batting over .300 since April 15. His .316 clip was good for sixth best in the Cubs' system and though he had only one home run, we think it's only a matter of time before his power numbers spike.

Marcos Mateo, RHP: Tennessee

The hard-throwing righty didn't allow his first run of the season until April 26 in his Double-A debut when he allowed one run and one hit in 3 2/3 innings. He opened the season with 12 2/3 solid innings.

Bobby Scales, 3B: Iowa

The veteran infielder has maintained a .300 average and a strong on-base percentage and was close to a big league call-up last week with Aramis Ramirez on the shelf.

Christopher Archer, RHP: Peoria

He has averaged almost one strikeout per inning (16 K/17 IP) while yielding just seven hits for a 1.59 ERA and .132 average against through four starts.

Darwin Barney: SS, Tennessee

The shortstop has been a strong presence at the bottom of the order and had a .339 batting average and .382 on base percentage through the first month of the season.

Russ Canzler, 1B: Daytona

A pair of recent off nights at the plate doesn't take away from his otherwise strong start to the season. Entering the week, he was tied for the team lead with nine extra-base hits and was second with a .289 average through 22 games.

Kyler Burke, OF: Peoria

The outfielder and Midwest League vet had nine extra-base hits and a recent handful of multi-hit games to raise his average above .300 for the first time all year.

Jeff Stevens, RHP: Iowa

Our ‘Reliever of the Week,' if you will. He recently extended his scoreless streak to 10 consecutive innings to open the season. Pitching almost exclusively in the seventh and eighth innings, he'd allowed just three hits and notched 10 strikeouts in that span despite six walks.

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