FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2010 Vol. 10

The minor league regular season is over. The final FutureBacks Power Rankings show which Arizona Diamondbacks prospects finished the season strong and which ones wore down in the dog says of August. Fifty prospects are ranked, and even more are highlighted.

Reno Aces 69-74 (3rd)
Mobile BayBears 1st Half: 36-32 (3rd); 2nd Half: 39-30 (2nd)
Visalia Rawhide 37-33 (2nd-t); 2nd Half: 35-35 (4th)
South Bend Silver Hawks 1st Half: 30-38 (6th); 2nd Half: 29-40 ( 7th)
Missoula Osprey 14-24 (4th); 2nd half: 14-23 (4th)
Yakima Bears 1st Half: 18-20 (3rd); 2nd Half: 25-13 (1st)
DSL Diamondbacks 34-38 (5th)

The Yakima Bears and Mobile BayBears were the only two D-backs affiliates to make the playoffs, as the Visalia Rawhide dropped five of its last six contests to lose their postseason berth.  The Bears got swept by the Spokane Indians in two games while the BayBears stand on the brink of elimination down 2-games-to-1 to the Jacksonville Suns.

Still, the organization as a whole has been buoyed by an influx of pitching prospects at the trade deadline.  Daniel Hudson, Patrick Corbin, and Tyler Skaggs have all posted earned run averages under 2.00 since coming over, while David Holmberg has been very solid.  This has strengthened all levels of the system, and even some of the non-playoff teams finished strong.  Since a nine-game losing streak essentially removed all hope of postseason play in Reno, the Aces went a remarkable 33-18 to finish the season.  The DSL D-backs even went 15-6 over their final 21 games despite being the one affiliate not strengthened by the deadline dealing.

Special props go to Charles Brewer, who has sat atop the FutureBacks Power Rankings since mid-May.  Most prospects have peaks and valleys in their first taste of a 140-game season, but Brewer took it all in stride, including a promotion to a hitter's league in late June.  There are certainly arguments for Barry Enright, Paul Goldschmidt, or others to rank #1, but Brewer has done nothing to lose his spot, and has been perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2010 season.

Remember, the following rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who have had good seasons and finished the year strong.  They are not necessarily the best prospects in the system overall. 

Abbreviations: Mob=Mobile, SL=Southern League, PCL= Pacific Coast League
MIS=Missoula, PIO=Pioneer League, Yak=Yakima, NWL=Northwest League
DSL = Dominican Summer League SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League

Stats are accurate through the end of the regular season.  A yellow highlight indicates a recent promotion, while a red highlight denotes a player having moved down a level.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Charles Brewer Vis Led farm system in ERA (2.45), K (153), WHIP (1.09), and BAA (.229)
2 2 SP Barry Enright Az 1st dozen major league starts were 5 or more IP and 3 or fewer ER
3 4 1B Paul Goldschmidt Vis CL MVP led league in HR (35), 2B (42), TB (318), SLG (.606), and OPS (.990)
4 5 SP Wade Miley Mob 2.65 ERA is one of two qualifiers in farm system under 3.38
5 7 OF Adam Eaton Yak finished 2nd in MVP voting despite going .385/500/.575 with 20 SB
6 NR SP Daniel Hudson Az 8 starts with Arizona: 1.91 ERA, 51 K, 11 BB
7 8 LF Brandon Allen Az Position change to LF makes Allen twice as valuable
8 3 RP Bryan Woodall Mob 1-4 with a 3.70 ERA at Double-A, but 25 K to 3 BB
9 9 SP Josh Collmenter Mob 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 3 starts since rejoining Mobile, then 6 shutout IP in playoff opener
10 10 C Konrad Schmidt Mob Led Mobile with a .315 BA and .490 SLG, plus hit .364 with 12 RBI in his final 10 games
11 11 OF Collin Cowgill Mob Led Mobile in runs, hits, doubles, HR, and RBI
12 12 SP Tom Layne Mob In 8 of his last 10 starts, he allowed 2 ER or fewer
13 13 RP Jake Hale Yak Finished with absurd 0.24 ERA, then imploded in the playoffs
14 22 2B Mike Freeman Yak 2nd in NWL with a .333 BA, 4th with a .403 OBP, and a .982 Fld%
15 25 1B Yazy Arbelo Yak Led NWL with 55 RBI, 2nd with 14 HR, and 4th with .521 SLG
16 16 C John Hester Az Hit .370 with Reno and has a .942 OPS since his return to the D-backs
17 NR RP Daniel Stange Mob 22 straight scoreless outings since the All-Star break
18 NR SP Patrick Corbin Vis 1.38 ERA and .189 BAA in 8 starts with Visalia
19 19 OF Roberto Rodriguez Mis Led Osprey in runs and doubles and total bases; ranked 2nd to Eaton in nearly everything else
20 20 OF Chris Rahl Mob Hit .333 in 17 games after rejoining the BayBears for their playoff run
21 6 OF Marc Krauss Vis Slumped to a .248 BA after July, but led Vis with 107 runs scored
22 NR P Zach Kroenke Az 5-1 with a 1.43 ERA in nine starts for this career reliever; struggled in MLB debut
23 36 RP Kable Hogben Yak Final ERA of 0.72 and 10 saves (2nd in NWL)
24 NR SP Tyler Skaggs SB Had a 1.69 ERA and 20 K in 16 innings with SB
25 NR RP Kevin Munson SB 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA, 17 K, and 3 SV in 16.1 IP
26 34 1B Ramon Castillo SB Hit .351 with 12 BB after July; only drew 5 BB in his first 35 games
27 NR OF Ollie Linton Mob Hit a combined .313 in August and September
28 NR OF Chris Jarrett SB Went .305/.363/.463 with 5 3B in 20 games with South Bend
29 37 RP Eury De La Rosa Yak 1.00 ERA, .148 BA, and 9 SV (3rd-t in NWL)
30 NR P Kyler Newby Mob 65 K, 17 BB, and a .197 BAA in his final 10 starts
31 NR P Derek Eitel SB 2-0 with 1.80 ERA and 19 K in 15 IP with SB
32 NR RP Yonata Ortega Vis 1.42 ERA in 13 games w/Vis; 33 SV more than double the next highest D-backs farmhand
33 NR SP Patrick Schuster Mis 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA over his final 7 starts; 3.76 ERA ranked 3rd in PIO
34 26 SP Kevin Eichhorn Yak Finished with a 5.00 ERA across 3 levels, but with stellar 81 K to 18 BB
35 NR 3B Bobby Borchering SB Finished season with 16 XBH, 17 BB, and 24 RBI over his final 36 games
36 NR SS Raul Navarro Mis Hit .385 in his final 10 games and finished at .305
37 23 1B Bobby Stone Mis Closed August with a 2-HR game, then slugged .111 the rest of the way
38 38 3B Eric Groff Reno His free-swinging ways did not work well in brief Triple-A stint
39 NR OF Roberto Ortiz Yak Led NWL with 23 SB and ranked 6th with a .400 OBP
40 NR SP Teo Gutierrez Yak 0.47 ERA in 4 Yak starts after a 6.97 ERA in 11 games out of the Mis pen
41 NR OF Socrates Brito DSL Finished with a .405 BA during a 9-game hit streak
42 NR SP Scottie Allen SB 25 K, 1 BB, over final 5 starts; 0.58 WHIP, 1.89 ERA over final 4
43 NR RP Brian Budrow Vis South Bend's most consistent reliever was solid in his two CL appearances
44 44 RP Justin Albert Yak Sturdy southpaw was solid after advancing
45 NR SS William Castillo DSL 7 multi-hit games in final 10 (.381 BA, 5 SB, 0 CS)
46 14 3B Matt Davidson Vis Hit just .169 in 71 post-promotion at-bats
47 NR SP Johan Jaime DSL Exactly 1 ER in 6 of last 7 starts, 2 ER in the other (45 K in 41.1 IP)
48 NR RP Corey Davisson Yak 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA, 24 K, and 3 BB in final 16.1 IP
49 NR RP Frank Santana DSL Allowed just 1 hit in final 5 appearances (9.2 IP, 13 K, 4 SV, 1 W)
50 NR P Jose Jose DSL Only 1 ER in 9 IP in 2 starts; 2.50 ERA overall

Falling Off:`

Richie Rowland (15) hit a combined .226 in August and September

Chase Anderson (17) had a 5.10 ERA over his final 30 innings pitched.

Wagner Mateo (18) had 17 K and no RBI in his final 31 at-bats (.161 BA)

Kyle Greene (21) has just a .597 on base-plus-slugging after the All-Star break.

Taylor Sinclair (24) allowed 33 earned runs over his final 37.2 innings for a 7.88 ERA

Raywilly Gomez (27) slugged .271 since the end of July.

Bryan Henry (28) had a 5.18 ERA in August and September combined.

Sam Demel (29) has a 10.80 ERA and 1.024 OPS against since recording his first major league save on August 10th.

To Watch:

3B Ryan Wheeler (Mobile) slugged .433 after his promotion to Double-A.  The Southern League average was .390.

SP Ryan Cook (Mobile) allowed just one hit in seven frames during his final regular season start and hopes to stay hot in the postseason

RP Jordan Norberto (Arizona) has a 1.93 ERA since the trade deadline, but also 10 walks in 9.1 innings

RP Carlos Rosa (Arizona) tossed a scoreless inning in his return to the big leagues and didn't allow a run all August with Reno


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