Power Rankings V

With five players moving out of the Top 30, two via promotion to the big league club (welcome back to the bigs Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Hairston) and three via a lack of performance there was plenty of room for a certain first round pick to move in. Would Stephen Drew's first week be good enough for him to make the list? The Power Rankings continue...

Note:  Stats current through Saturday June 11, 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

Miguel Montero

Lan

Crazy good, 12-31 this week, 10 runs scored, six doubles and three homers, nine RBI.  Hitting .364 in June, two different four run games this week, two three hit and one four hit game.  Leads the minors in hits (92), ninth in batting average (.358), eighth in homers (16), tied for second in runs (51), second in RBI (60), second in total bases (162).

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2

Conor Jackson

Tuc

After a 'down' week Jackson kicks his average back up to .381 (second in the minors) with a 9-19 week that included two doubles (fourth in the minors) and four runs scored.  Currently riding a modest six game hit streak.

2

3

A. J. Shappi

SB

For fun they ought to put Shappi on a 35 pitch count, our guess, he's still go six.  This week picked up his sixth straight win (10 overall, tied for the most in the minors) by going 7.2 innings, giving up just one run, striking out eight and walking zero. 

4

4

Carlos Gonzales

SB

A 10 game hit streak that includes six multi-hit games and a six game run scored streak.  Hitting .452 in June after going 12-25 this week with seven runs scored, two doubles, and three RBI.  Hit three homers in April and May combined, has hit three half way through June.

8

5

Chris Carter

Lan

Third in the minors in RBI (58) after picking up nine more this week.  Has five homers in 41 at bats in June giving him 15 on the season, good enough for eighth in the minors. 

7

6

Enrique Gonzalez

Tenn

Reminds the world he's human with a four inning, eight hit, six earned outing this week but still managed eight K's and just one walk.

3

7

Augie Murillo

SB

Poor guy, just 4-16 this week, but drew seven walks, scored seven runs and still drops two spots.  You know what they say, chicks dig the long ball.

5

8

Dan Uggla

Tenn

Hitting .400 in June, has hit in nine of his last 11 but had only one RBI (on his only homer) this week.  Has a strikeout in seven straight games.

6

9

Garrett Mock

Lan

Tied for seventh in the minors in innings pitched (82.1), top 15 in K's (78), even more impressive when you realize he's given up the third most hits in the minors.  This week six innings, seven hits, two earned walked three and struck out eight.  Along with those 78 Ks he's only walked 15.

10

10

Brandon Medders

Tuc

Three appearances this week, five innings pitched, three hits, zero earned, one walk, five strikeouts.  This month he's 1-0 with a save, no earned runs and a .136 opponents against batting average.

13

11

Jeff Cook

Lan

Has hit in 16 of his last 17 games, 8-26 this week with four walks, three doubles, a triple, three RBI and five runs scored.  Hitting .341 in June, developing patience as well.  Had eight walks in April and May combined, seven already in June

15

12

Allen Mottram

SB

Holding steady after a 5-17 week in which he didn't have a run scored or an extra base hit and only one RBI.  Still, .310 average is ninth in the minors among catchers and hitting an unGodly .553 against lefties.

12

13

Casey Daigle

Tenn

While the D'Backs promoted starter Edgar Gonzalez to help in the pen perhaps they ought to have though about Daigle, who's got 16 straight scoreless appearances out of the pen in Tennessee.  During that streak he's 2-0 with three saves, 15 strikeouts against only five walks.  Hasn't allowed an earned run since April, and features a 0.72 ERA in relief.

20

14

Ross Ohlendorf

SB

Two earned runs or less in six of his last seven appearances including 8.1 innings with just one earned this week.  No walks, five strikeouts and the win.  Is 4-4 on the year in part because of 14 unearned runs.

18

15

Javier Brito

SB

Biggest mover of the week had the best week on this list.  Goes 10-21 with five runs scored, four doubles, nine RBI, a six game hit streak and six walks vs. only one strikeout.  Hitting .433 at home, .375 in June, .370 with runners in scoring position and .348 with RISP and two outs. 

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16

Edgar Varela

Lan

Nearly as good as Brito, his hit streak is at 14 games, he went 10-28 with three runs, a double, triple, and homer, seven RBI and doesn't mind hitting down in the order.  He's hitting .296 in the seven hole and .405 in the eight spot in the order.  A .356 average in June moved him into the top 10 among minor league third baseman in average.

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17

Josh Perrault

Tuc

Two appearances and one win, but five earned runs in 3.2 innings is not the idea.  Gave up two home runs in one appearance and walked two while striking out only three.

11

18

Carlos Quentin

Tuc

Bounces back after a horrible week last week, going 7-17 but struck out five times (only two walks).  Hitting just .226 in June, probably should be higher, but the expectations on this kid are immense.

17

19

Andy Green

Tuc

Still in the top 15 in runs scored in the minors, but barely, and 2-17 weeks like this are why.  No RBI and a .121 June batting average have him dropping fast.

14

20

Jesus Cota

Tenn

Solid week, going 5-19, but only one run scored, one extra base hit, and one RBI.  Calf injury might be nagging, hitting only .229 in June.

16

21

Stephen Drew

Lan

Highest debut in the history of the Power Ranking, but is it any surprise?  First week report card for the 2004 first rounder:  .421 batting average (8-19), a double, a triple, a homer, six RBI, four walks.  As good as advertised.

OTC

22

Dustin Nippert

Tenn

Since coming off the DL has made three starts in Tennessee going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and .239 average against.  Should get even better as he shakes off the rust that has him walking nine while striking out 12.

NR

23

Noochie Varner

Tenn

Slumping to a 3-16 week and a .208 June.  Has drawn nine walks this month, which keeps him on the list...for now.

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24

Cesar Nichols

SB

Since coming off the DL with a broken hand Nichols has been good enough that the Silverhawks had to find somewhere else for Javier Brito to play.  This week 8-23 with three doubles, two homers, four runs scored and eight RBI.  Currently riding a 12 game hit streak that dates back before the injury.

NR

25

Sergio Santos

Tuc

The overall numbers still aren't great, but the shortstop is definitely coming around.  This week 6-19 with a double, a homer and five RBI.  Hit .171 in April, .247 in May, and is at .357 in June.  Inexplicably the right handed Santos is hitting only .136 against lefties.

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26

Jarred Ball

Tenn

The more he plays the better he gets.  Stealing time from Marland Williams in center, along with time in right and left, because he's been better at the plate.  This week 8-19 with three straight two hit games, two doubles, a triple, and four RBI.  Hitting .394 in June.

OTC

27

Jay Garthwaite

Lan

Nine strikeouts this week scares us, but he holds first because when he makes contact, he reaches and scores, going 5-19 with a double and three runs.

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28

Erik Schindewolf

Lan

Just 3-23 this week and California League pitchers are starting to realize you have to throw him strikes, only five walks against eight K's this week.  Hitting .154 in June.

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29

Wilkin Castillo

SB

Falling after a 4-22 week that saw him score only one run and drive in only two.  Two stolen bases keep him on the list.

22

30

Billy Biggs

Lan

One earned in his last seven appearances, the most consistent part of an all or nothing Lancaster bullpen.

NR

On the Cusp:

Corey Myers (Tuc):  With the promotion of Scott Hairston Conor Jackson has been seeing more time in left field, opening first base up for Myers who is taking advantage, going 5-17 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI this week and hitting .333 in June with three RBI.

Koley Kolberg (SB):  One start this week, six innings pitched, six hits, one earned, eight strikeouts and two walks.  Has given up one earned or less in three of his four starts at South Bend, 26Ks against 10 walks in four starts.

Justin Upton:  The top high school position player, perhaps the top position player period, became the Diamondback's #1 overall choice, five tools, a star in the making, reportedly very close to signing, will remain 'On the Cusp' until he gives us a reason (not signing, not performing once he's signed, or performing well enough to get on the Top 30) not to put him here.

Rising Out: 

Can't blame Scott Hairston (#24 last week) or Edgar Gonzalez (#9 last week) for not being on the list this week, both were promoted to the big league club, congrats.

Falling out:

Adam Bass (Tenn): Lasted only one inning in his first start of the week, and took the loss, and then missed his second start to illness.

Derek Bruce (Lan):  What happened to Bruce?  Stephen Drew happened, taking virtually all (he tallied only three at bats without a hit, but with two walks) his playing time.

Adam Haley (SB):  Went 1-10 this week as the Silverhawks shuffled their rotations trying to get Nichols, Brito, Castillo and the recovering Mark Reynolds at bats.


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