Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 5

The fifth 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 18.

AT THE PLATE

1. Jake Fox: 1B/OF, Iowa (Class AAA)
Stats: .426 AVG, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 1.469 OPS

You didn't honestly think anyone would surpass him this week, did you? Since our last rankings release, he's added four home runs and 14 RBI to his season total. A road warrior, he's batting over .500 away from home, where all but 12 of his RBI have come. He entered the week with an on-base percentage of .510 and a hit in nine straight contests.

2. Brad Snyder: OF, Iowa
Stats: .316 AVG, 12 HR, 35 RBI, 1.013 OPS

He is second behind Fox in home runs and RBI in the Cubs' system. He entered the week with an 11-game hit streak, having hit safely in 26 of his last 27 games.

3. Tony Thomas: 2B, Tennessee (Class AA)
Stats: .348 AVG, 7 HR, 16 RBI, .435 OBP

The speedy infielder has been a surprise atop the order, especially in the power department, where he continues to lead his team in home runs and RBI. Recently he saw action in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, where he was 3-for-9 with four walks.

4. Josh Vitters: 3B, Peoria (Class A)
Stats: .352 AVG, 5 HR, 18 RBI, .385 OBP

He has been hitting above .300 all year and has recently found his power stroke with four home runs this month. He entered the week with nine hits in his last 12 at-bats.

5. Josh Harrison: INF, Peoria (Class A)
Stats: .368 AVG, 0 HR, 16 RBI, .393 OBP

One of the most consistent hitters in the Cubs' system this year, he leads the Midwest League in batting average.

5-B. Chris Robinson, C: Iowa
Stats: .389 AVG, 1 HR, 21 RBI, .410 OBP

The top hitting catcher in the Cubs' system, he has come out of nowhere this season. Since taking over as the primary backstop at Iowa, he has maintained a plus-.350 average.

ON THE MOUND

1. Dan McDaniel: RHP, Daytona (Class High A)
Stats: 3-0, 2.20 ERA, 28.2 IP, 25 K, 12 BB

He has averaged one hit per two-plus innings for a .147 average against, and has a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

2. Ryan Searle: RHP, Daytona
Stats: 2-2, 2.18 ERA, 33 IP, 16 K, 8 BB

He leads the Cubs' system in ERA (minimum 0.8 innings per team game) and in six starts, he has a 1.52 ERA and .170 average against.

3. Chris Carpenter: RHP, Peoria
Stats: 1-2, 2.70 ERA, 36.1 IP, 37 K, 18 BB

He has been a strikeout artist in the Midwest League this season and has not allowed a run in three of his starts. He's allowed two runs or less in five of seven starts and has a .157 average against.

4. Casey Lambert: LHP, Tennessee
Stats: 2-2, 2.35 ERA, 30.2 IP, 9 K, 10 BB

Southern League hitters can't seem to figure him out. He has not been overpowering in the traditional sense, but he has allowed two runs or less in five of his six starts. He's been a durable arm in his first season as a starter.

5. Casey Coleman: RHP, Tennessee
Stats: 3-1, 3.00 ERA, 33 IP, 23 K, 11 BB

All things considered, he has handled the jump to Double-A pretty well and has allowed two runs or less in four of his six starts.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kyler Burke: OF, Peoria

He has overcome a slow start to post a .310 average through 33 games. His 14 doubles entering the week led the Cubs' system.

Starlin Castro: SS, Daytona

The 19-year-old prospect is holding his own after going from the Arizona Rookie League to High-A in one season. He hit .299 in his first 34 games.

Rebel Ridling: 1B, Peoria

He is tied for the team lead in home runs and has 28 RBI, third most in the Midwest League.

Darwin Barney: SS, Tennessee

He has maintained a plus-.300 average all season and had 13 walks to 12 strikeouts through 30 games.

Russ Canzler: 1B, Tennessee

He went 6-for-21 with a home run and five RBI in his first six games since being promoted from Daytona, where he batted over .300 for April.

J.R. Mathes: LHP, Iowa

He has five wins and a 3.66 ERA in nine games and just two walks through 32 innings.

Blake Lalli: 1B, Tennessee

He has been competing for playing time, but had a .347 average, two homers and five doubles in 72 at-bats.

Marcos Mateo: RHP, Tennessee

He opened the season with nine shutout innings at Daytona before being promoted to Tennessee, and has a 2.36 ERA in 26 2/3 innings combined.

Ryan Buchter: LHP, Peoria

This installment's ‘Reliever of the Week' had a 0.59 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.

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