Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 4

The fourth 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 11.


1. Jake Fox: 1B, Iowa (Class AAA)
Stats: .389 AVG, 12 HR, 32 RBI, 1.353 OPS

Could Fox be this year's Micah Hoffpauir at Iowa – a veteran minor league bat destined for a call-up? It seems possible. Fox continues to lead the Cubs' system in the big three -- batting average, home runs, and RBI. He has actually slowed down a bit in May following a torrid April, but his .464 on-base percentage through 26 games was still tops in the organization.

2. Josh Harrison: INF/OF, Peoria (Class A)
Stats: .381 AVG, 13 XBH, 14 RBI, .403 OBP

He had a 15-game hit streak until only recently and got back on his horse with three straight two-hit games to enter the week. Arguably the most consistent hitter in the Cubs' system, he had been on base in 27 of his first 29 games with 13 multi-hit games.

3. Tony Thomas: 2B, Tennessee (Class AA)
Stats: .347 AVG, 5 HR, 14 RBI, .417 OBP

A recent myriad of rainouts didn't slow down one of the top leadoff hitters in the Southern League. His average has dipped below .333 only once since the second game of the season. He entered the week leading his team in home runs and doubles, and was tied for the team lead in walks (10) and RBI.

4. Brad Snyder: OF, Iowa
Stats: .311 AVG, 7 HR, 22 RBI, .351 OBP

After starting the season 5-for-26, the 26-year-old outfielder went on a tear with a 15-game hit streak and entered the week having hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games overall. He is already inching toward eclipsing his single season home run totals from each of the last two years.

5. Rebel Ridling: 1B, Peoria
Stats: .287 AVG, 3 HR, 26 RBI, .344 OBP

He had a hit in 22 of his first 29 games. His 26 RBI tied for second in the Midwest League and the Cubs' system.


1. Dan McDaniel, RHP: Daytona (Class High A)
Stats: 3-0, 1.25 ERA, 21.2 IP, 16 K, 7 BB

He missed two starts due to a short stint on the disabled list with back spasms, but has been his team's most consistent pitcher. Through four starts, he had held opponents to a .129 average against while posting a 0.74 WHIP.

2. Jose Ascanio, RHP: Iowa
Stats: 1-1, 1.01 ERA, 26.2 IP, 26 K, 7 BB

The hard-throwing right-hander did not allow an earned run in four of his six starts at Triple-A before receiving a promotion to Chicago on Sunday. He had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of almost 4-to-1 and held opponents to a .191 average against.

3. Ryan Searle: RHP, Daytona
Stats: 2-2, 1.86 ERA, 29 IP, 14 K, 5 BB

The Australian import says he doesn't obsess over striking batters out. His pitch-to-contact approach has worked, as he had allowed only one earned run over his last four starts entering the week. Moreover, he had yielded 19 hits through 29 innings for a .176 average against. He entered the week fifth in the Florida State League in ERA and third in the Cubs' system.

4. Christopher Archer: RHP, Peoria
Stats: 1-0, 1.17 ERA, 23 IP, 26 K, 15 BB

Through six starts, he'd allowed only 10 hits to go with 26 strikeouts for a .137 average against and 1.09 WHIP. Negatives: he has struggled with control at times and has failed to make it past the fifth inning in any of his starts.

5. Chris Carpenter: RHP, Peoria
Stats: 1-2, 2.97 ERA, 30.1 IP, 33 K, 16 BB

He had led the Cubs' farm system in strikeouts throughout much of the season. Despite high walk totals, he had allowed only 16 hits through his first 30-plus innings for a .151 average against.


Josh Vitters, 3B: Peoria

The consensus top prospect continues to maintain a respectable batting average (.311) and had reached base at a .345 clip through 27 games. He had two hits or more in a third of those contests.

Rafael Dolis, RHP: Daytona

After missing all of 2008 because of right elbow surgery, he returned strong with a 2.81 ERA through seven games to start 2009. He had allowed two hits or less over his last five starts and entered the week with 10 2/3 straight scoreless innings and a .157 average against.

Marcos Mateo, RHP: Tennessee

He entered the week with the second lowest ERA among starters in the Cubs' system with a 1.61 clip through 22 1/3 innings. He had allowed 10 walks and 17 hits in that span.

Chris Robinson, C: Iowa

He has become the regular starter behind the plate at Triple-A, and entered the week batting almost .400 (.394) with 11 extra-base hits and 18 RBI through his first 20 games.

Darwin Barney, SS: Tennessee

He has responded well to the challenge at Double-A following an up-and-down campaign at Daytona in 2008. He entered the week batting .349 through 25 games and was 14-for-40 with seven RBI over his last 10 contests. Moreover, he had eight walks to just 10 strikeouts for a .400 on-base percentage.

Steve Clevenger, C: Tennessee

Although he has had to alternate with top catching prospect Welington Castillo behind the plate, Clevenger is making a case for increased playing time with 16 hits through 45 at-bats (.356). He also had nine walks to just five strikeouts through his first 15 games, and a .463 on-base percentage.

Ty Wright, OF: Tennessee

He has rebounded from a 5-for-27 start in April to raise his average to .289 and his on-base percentage to .349 through 26 games. An 11-game hit streak ended last week, but he picked himself back up by going 6-for-16 over his last four contests entering play Monday.

Kyler Burke, OF: Peoria

He entered the week with a seven-game hit streak and led the system with 12 doubles. Moreover, his .295 average through 28 games was third on the team for a minimum 90 at-bats.

David Cales, RHP: Daytona

Sticking with our ‘Reliever of the Week' theme, he had five saves and a 0.66 ERA in 11 games at Daytona to earn a promotion to Tennessee on Sunday.

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