Power Rankings II

Each week, FutureBacks.com will rank the top 30 performers in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, shedding light on their numbers while also detailing how they did in previous weeks. Check out our second installment of the Power Rankings for the 2005 season, in which more weight will be given to current streaks that have players moving up the charts.

Note:  Stats current through Saturday May 21, 2005.  This list is not about who are the better players or prospects, but rather who is doing the best and making the most of their opportunities.  Players with Major League service time that are not considered prospects are not eligible for the Prospect Power Rankings.

Rank

Name

Team

Comments

Last Week's Rank

1

Conor Jackson

Tuc

He's hit in 14 of his last 15 games, and had multiple hits in five of his last six.  Third in all of the minors, second in the Pacific Coast League, in batting average (.392), tied for first in the Minors in RBI (39), top 10 in all the minors in doubles, walks, on base percentage, has struck out nine times in 148 at bats.

2

2

Enrique Gonzalez

Tenn

Third straight win, third straight scoreless outing.  Now has 23+ scoreless inning streak, during which he's walked six and struck out 20.  Sixth in Southern League in ERA, only minor league pitcher in baseball with two complete game shutouts.

3

3

Augie Murillo

SB

Has hit in 18 of his last 20 games, has multiple hits in 18 games this season.  Is 13th in the Minors in batting average, leads the Midwest League in average, home runs, RBI, hits, slugging percentage, extra base hits and runs scored.

5

4

Adam Bass

Tenn

Took the loss Saturday, but still has only given up four earned runs in his last four starts, 1-4 record should be about 5-2, has gone at least six innings in his last four starts.

1

5

A. J. Shappi

SB

Moved to 6-1 this week, only went five innings, now third in all of baseball in innings pitched (59), hasn't walked more than two hitters in any outing this year.

4

6

Miguel Montero

Lan

Extended his 17 game hitting streak Saturday with a 4-5, three runs scored, four RBI day.  Seventh in the Cal League in average, third in RBI, second in hits, leads Cal League catchers in virtually every category.

6

7

Chris Carter

Lan

Came up a single short of the cycle on Friday, seven RBI on the week, seven runs scored on the week.  After a sub-par April he's hitting .363 with six homers in May.

9

8

Carlos Quentin

Tuc

Just quietly dominating.  10th in the minors in runs scored, tied with Jackson in walks.  In May he's hitting .364 and seven of his 20 hits in the month have gone for extra bases.

10

9

Josh Perrault

SB

20 innings pitched, one earned run.  Gave up only one hit in three appearances (four innings pitched) this week.  Ridiculous 0.44 ERA, opponents hitting .157 against him. 

19

10

Edgar Gonzalez

Tuc

A no decision this week but still had a quality start, going 6.0 innings and giving up three earned.  ERA still under 3.00, and his 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio is fantastic.  Gave up 15 homes in 96 innings pitched with Tucson last season, six in almost 58 innings this year.

8

11

Carlos Gonzales

SB

Down week for the right fielder, goes 6-21 without an extra base hit, still top five in the Midwest League in RBI.

7

12

Dan Uggla

Tenn

Six game hitting streak bumps his average to .342, 4th in the Southern League, and he's clutch, hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

23

13

Steve Garrabrants

Lan

His .336 average is good enough for 10th in the California League and the .439 on base percentage is brilliant.  The former second baseman has adjusted to center field and made it his home.

24

14

Mark Freed

Tuc

Since moving into the starting rotation he's 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four starts.  Arm strength continues to improve, went 7.2 innings in his last outing.

20

15

Brandon Medders

Tuc

Reliever has struck out at least one batter in his last six appearances, including five in a two inning stint last week.  Not slamming the door the way a closer should, has only had 1-2-3 innings in about half his appearances.

13

16

Garrett Mock

Lan

Gave up six runs in five innings last time out, but only three of those were earned.  A workhorse with a power arm he's second in the Cal League in innings pitched, and fourth in strikeouts (56) with only nine walks.

11

17

Jesus Cota

Tenn

Had two homers and drove in eight runs on the week, tying him for first in home runs and giving him second outright in RBI in the Southern League. 

15

18

Jason Bulger

Tuc

Bulger has given up one hit and struck out six his last five outings (5.2 innings).  Hasn't been scored on in 10 of his last 11 outings.  One scout called his slider "The best pitch in the PCL."

28

19

Erik Schindewolf

Lan

Saw his average drop 20 points, but patience equals productivity, the minor league leader in walks (41) drew five more this week, which translated into five runs scored, also hit his second homer of the season.

16

20

Ross Ohlendorf

SB

Got shelled Saturday to the tune of seven earned in 3.1 but continues to lead the Midwest League in strikeouts and hold his ERA under four.

14

21

Andy Green

Tuc

Tied for the PCL lead in runs scored, fourth in doubles, hasn't been under .300 since the seventh game of the year.

18

22

Noochie Varner

Tenn

Went 8-19 with two doubles, five RBI, and four runs scored.  Establishing himself in a crowded Tennessee outfield.

29

23

Wilkin Castillo

SB

After a seven game tear that saw him go 12-30 with nine runs scored he's mired in a 1-12 slump.

12

24

Jeff Cook

Lan

An eight game hitting streak is impressive, eight runs scored and nine RBI in the same time span gets him on the list.

NR

25

Reuben Kerbs

Lan

Struggled early but has six straight scoreless appearances where he has given up only one base runner and struck out three.  Lefties are hitting only .121 against him with eight Ks.

30

26

Allen Mottram

SB

Crazy good of late, four homers, nine RBI and 10 runs scored in his last five games, hitting .552 against left handed pitching.

NR

27

Javier Brito

SB

Average has dropped 80 points in two weeks, stays on the list because he's drawn 14 walks in his last eight games, keeping his OBP over .400

17

28

Alex Frazier

Lan

Only 3 for his last 23, but still clutch, all five of his home runs have come with runners on and is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position.

21

29

Pete Sikaras

Tenn

Couldn't be trusted with a lead in April but has been a go-to guy in May.  This month has eight appearances, a 1.07 ERA and a .207 average against.

NR

30

Jon Zeringue

Tenn

Just when it looked like he'd figured things out he goes 1-12, still hitting .320 in May after a .211 April.  Has more HR and RBI this month than last, in five fewer games.

22

On the Cusp:

Marland Williams--Has four multi-hit games and five stolen bases in his last eight, still striking out too much for a lead off hitter (34 Ks in 134 at bats).

Casey Daigle--Quietly figuring things out in the bullpen, nine straight scoreless appearances has his ERA within shouting distance of 4.00.

Scott Hairston--Settling nicely in the middle of Tucson's outfield, poised for a big week.

Falling out:

Ryan Coffin--Nine earned runs in his last three appearances.

Todd Stein--Took first loss of the year, didn't fall out so much as others stepped up.

Dustin Glant--Has given up three homers and seven earned runs in his last four outings.


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