FutureBacks Power Rankings: Memorial Day List

There are several Diamondbacks prospects going well right now, but three studs in particular rise above the rest. Two have been vying for the top position on the FutureBacks Power Rankings for the past month, and one makes a huge jump from #14 at the last checkpoint. The best part about it all is that one of these players is an infielder, one is an outfielder, and another is a starting pitcher.

With all of the Diamondbacks affiliates now hovering around .500, there is a fairly even distribution of ranked prospects among the four affiliates. Of course, the #1 ranked player here is not listed as being with a minor league team. Remember, these rankings are chronicling the organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with a heavier weight placed on the past two weeks. [premium]

Note: Stats are accurate through Sunday, May 27th.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
1 7 3B Mark Reynolds Az 2-HR, 5-hit day highlights incredible ML debut for Reynolds
2 2 CF Justin Upton Mob Slugging .792 since promotion to Mobile
3 1 SP Brett Anderson SB Best K/BB ratio in MWL (64:7); hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in a start
4 4 SP Brooks Brown Vis Ridiculously low .569 OPS against
5 6 SP Tony Barnette SB 2.01 Home ERA, 4.87 Road ERA
6 8 1B Bryan Byrne Vis Continues his Mark Grace-like play
7 3 CF Jeff Salazar Tuc 1.037 Home OPS, just .691 on the road
8 - 1B Javier Brito Mob Won BayBears' 1B job over Cesar Nicholas by batting .412 in past 10 contests
9 - RF Alex Romero Tuc Ex-Twin is batting .360 in May with 20 RBI and 23 runs scored
10 20 1B Chris Carter Tuc Broke out of slump by batting .421 over last 10 days
11 13 RP Mark Rosen Mob Has only walked one batter in May
12 11 SP Edward Romero SB 8 IP, 8K, 1 ER in last start
13 17 RP Jalien Peguero Tuc Ony one earned run allowed over last 10 appearances
14 21 3B Jamie D'Antona Tuc Batting .418 versus southpaws, improving behind the dish
15 - SP Matt Green Mob Back on track with three nice starts
16 - 2B Danny Richar Tuc Slick fielder has slugged 5 homers this month
17 - SP Greg Smith Mob Hit mid-season form right out of extended spring training
18 24 SP Hector Ambriz Vis 19 BB in first 29.1 IP, 3 BB in last 17 IP
19 - RP Abe Woody Mob 3 wins and 3 saves in past 11 games
20 25 RP A. J. Shappi Mob Soft-tosser has found his niche in the bullpen
21 5 CF Joey Side SB Mr. hustle is slowing down a bit
22 15 C Orlando Mercado Vis Bat is slumping, but Mercado still draws walks and plays great D
23 10 RP Ramon Sanchez SB Best stuff on the Silver Hawks, but struggling of late
24 12 OF Jereme Milons Vis Batting average has dropped nearly 30 points in past two weeks
25 19 RP Dustin Glant Mob Notching saves, but giving manager Brett Butler heart attacks in the process

Three To Watch:

- 3B Rusty Ryal (Visalia), who had a 5-hit game on the 20th and could fill the 3B void in Double-A soon

- C Justin Brashear (South Bend), whose plate discipline could take him places

- LF Cyle Hankerd (Visalia), who is finally showing glimpses of the offense he provided last year

Falling Off:

- RP Daniel Stange (9) allowed 6 ER in his past 6 appearances; no saves in that span

- C Frank Curreri (14) is truggling to find playing time at Hi-A, as predicted

- CF Greg Thomson (16) is batting .244 over his past 10 games

- RP Vince Bongiovanni (18) crashes back to Earth with a 4.61 May ERA


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