The FutureBacks Power Rankings v2.9

The FutureBacks Power Rankings got a little more crowded this week as members of the 2006 First Year Player draft start hot and make their mark. Still at the top is Micah Owings, primed for his second promo of the year (and this is the one that matters).

Note:  Stats are current through Friday June 23, 2006.  This list is not a ranking of the 30 top prospects, but instead of the 30 hottest players in the organization, the ones making the most of their opportunities.  Players with a significant amount of Major League Service time are usually not eligible, though in certain situations (change of position, change of role, recent addition) exceptions may be made.  Agree?  Disagree?  Bored?  Email questions, comments, and concerns to

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Rank Last Week Name Team Comment
1 1 Micah Owings Tuc One start, one win, 6.2 innings, six hits and one earned run.  In two starts at Triple-A Owings has allowed six hits and one earned run, winning both starts.  Another start or two like this and the Diamondbacks will be unable to ignore the production, and call him up.
2 2 Greg Smith Tenn After a tough first start in Double-A, Smith is back to his dominating ways.  This week he allows just three hits and one earned in his win, striking out four and walking only two.  He is now officially the best lefty starter in the system.
3 8 Mark Reynolds Lan Find this man a position stat!  On second thought, don't bother.  Playing every position in the infield, and even one in the outfield, Reynolds is riding a 12 game hit streak and this week was 10-19 with two doubles, three homers, a whopping 12 RBI and eight runs scored.  On Sunday he had himself a seven RBI game and this month he's gone .366/8/29 and he's scored 20 runs.
4 5 Alberto Callaspo Tuc The best lead off hitter in the organization (our apologies to Craig Counsell) continues his productivity, going 8-16 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored.  He's hitting .380 in June, with an on base percentage nearing .400.
5 6 Tony Pena Tuc After years of struggling in the starting rotation, Pena has moved to the bullpen and blossomed.  Two more appearances this week, three innings, one hit, and one save.  In June he's 2-1 with two saves and a 1.69 ERA.
6 9 Carlos Gonzalez Lan While the trade talk focuses on Scott Hairston and Carlos Quentin, the Diamondbacks are happy knowing that their two top outfield prospects are in the lower levels.  This week Gonzalez runs his hit streak to nine games, going 7-17 with two doubles, four RBI and six runs scored, and his June is crazy good.  He's hitting .421 with 19 runs scored and 24 RBI.
7 4 Carlos Quentin Tuc He's hitting just .234 at home, which helps explain his 4-13 week.  He had just one extra base hit, two RBI and two runs scored. 
8 10 Chris Carter Tuc As usual Carter is producing even when he's not collecting a ton of hits.  Though he was just 4-18 he still scored twice and drove in seven, bringing his June totals to .312/7/29.
9 17 Matt Chico Tenn Double-A no longer intimidates this lefty who allowed just five hits and one earned in his one start this week.  He threw seven innings, and though he took the loss, it was another encouraging performance.  He's allowed three earned or less in all six Double-A starts and is holding Southern League opponents to a .200 batting average.
10 14 Chris Rahl Lan A return to the top 10 for Rahl, who started mashing again this week going 11-26 with two doubles, two triples, two RBI and six runs scored.  By shifting the focus back to solid contact, and away from power, Rahl is blooming in the clutch, hitting .355 with RISP.
11 13 Ryan Doherty SB The seven footer is flat out dominating the Midwest League.  He earned another save in his only appearances this week, allowing just one hit and striking out the side.  He's held opponents to a .111 average this month and is ripe for promotion.
12 11 Ross Ohlendorf Tenn The Smokies starting rotation is incredible, and Ohlendorf is a major part of that.  One start, seven innings, five hits and two earned this week, and the name of the game is improvement.  In April opponents hit .333, in May, .256, and now in June just .241.  Outstanding.
13 19 Doug Slaten Tenn Though he did allow a run in one of his two appearances, he allows just two hits and continues to stifle opponents, holding them down to a .185 average in June.  Why hasn't he been promoted yet?  One scout believes it is simple, there are better left handed hitters in the Double-A Southern League and that is what the D'Backs want him to work against.
14 22 Kyler Newby SB One appearance, one save, 1.2 innings, zero hits, zero walks, two strikeouts.  What more can you ask for out of a closer?  How about a season ERA of 1.17 and an opponents batting average of .083.
15 20 Mike Bacsik Tuc Despite going back to the bullpen after winning three straight starts, Bacsik continues to be effective, and because of the dual success his value continues to increase, even if that value may drop dramatically if/when the D'Backs finally make some moves, one inning, no hits, no walks and a strikeout.
16 NR Andrew Fie Miss That 'Miss' is for the Rookie Pioneer League Missoula Osprey, who are featuring the 18 year old Fie, a third baseman who was the first high school position player taken by the D'Backs in this year's first year player draft.  He certainly likes making a good first impression, staring his pro career by going 6-17 with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer and four RBI.  Welcome to the bigs kid.
17 NR Ricardo Sosa SB The Phoenix product (Camelback High School) took advantage of an All Star Game shortened week by going 5-9 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI.  He's hit in 19 of his last 20 and is hitting an incredible .411 in June.
18 30 Jaime D'Antona Tenn Perhaps the best pure power in the system, and perhaps the most inconsistent performer among the top 50 prospects, D'Antona was hot again this week, going 9-20 with three doubles, three runs and an RBI, which is a nice turnaround but the power seems to have left him this month, just one homer in June.
19 12 Jerry Gil Tenn The strikeouts are finally catching up with Gil, who has three times as many Ks (6) as hits (2) this week, but it's not shocking since all four games were on the road, where he's hitting just .223 on the season.
20 OTC Jesus Cota Tenn Once a top prospect, then an afterthought, and now perhaps a comeback story.  Cota is getting playing time again, and making the most of it.  This week he was 7-18 with a double, homer, four RBI and five runs scored.  After hitting just .177 with three homers and 13 RBI in April and May combined, he's hitting .343with two homers and 10 RBI in June.
21 21 Donald Julio SB Zero official appearances this week due to the Midwest League All Star Game, but he did face one batter in the All Star Game, and struck him out, so he stays put.
22 15 Adam Bass Tuc After allowing just one homer in his first 36.1 Triple-A innings Bass gave up two dingers and seven earned runs in six innings this week, but the offense bailed him out and he is still undefeated in Triple-A (4-0 in seven starts).
23 18 Stephen Drew Tuc Drew's struggles continue.  He's just 2-13 this week with a lone RBI and three runs scored.  One walk and five Ks as Pacific Coast League pitchers continue to baffle him to staying out of the strike zone.
24 23 Cesar Nicolas Lan Still falling, but Nicolas' performance has been evening out.  He was just 4-15 this week, with just one RBI and four runs scored, but that lack of run production is the problem, after five homers and 23 RBI in May, he is without a round tripper and has only seven RBI in June.
25 NR Vince Bongiovanni SB One appearance, zero hits, one win in regulation games, and the Bank of America Most Outstanding Pitcher Award this week in the Midwest League All Star Game as his first half success continues.
26 16 Jeff Bajenaru Tuc The man who came from the White Sox in return for Alex Cintron is in the middle of a tough patch.  Three appearances, 4.1 innings, four hits and three runs (two earned).  More troubling was the six walks in three appearances, after just 18 walks in his previous 30 appearances.
27 27 Forrest Cory SB Because of the Midwest League All Star game Cory stays at #27 despite zero appearances.
28 28 Steven Jackson Tenn Finally Jackson gets a break.  He goes only 5.2 innings, and allows three runs (two earned), while walking five, but picks up a (rare) win.
29 NR Matt Oxendine Miss The 15th round pick of the D'Backs he trades his North Florida University Osprey uniform for a Missoula Osprey uniform, and continues to hit like he was in college, going 6-16 with two walks, two RBI, and three runs, collecting half of his first six professional hits with runners in scoring position.
30 26 Anthony Cupps SB Picks up a win in his only start, despite allowing five runs in 6.2 innings, strikes out seven and is holding opponents to a .234 average this season.