FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 2

We were afraid that by switching from a bi-weekly to a weekly format, the FutureBacks Power Rankings would not have a lot of movement from week-to-week. While the hottest prospect does remain the same, there was considerable movement throughout the rest of the list, including a player from this year's draft who has already made it into the top 5.

In most organizations, the best prospects are found in Double-A.  The Arizona Diamondbacks are no exception, as players from Mobile once again dominate the top 10.  But players from Missoula and Yakima are beginning to creep up the list, most notably two draftees from Florida State.

Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with the heaviest weight placed on the past week of play.


Note: Stats are accurate through Sunday, July 8.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
1 1 CF Justin Upton Mob Homer in Futures Game latest achievement in fab season
2 7 RF Gerardo Parra SB Batting .360 since the end of April
3 6 1B Chris Carter Tuc 4 straight multi hit games; 4 straight games with doubles
4 10 SS Mark Hallberg Yak 7 doubles with just two strikeouts, and batting .447 over past 10 games
5 2 SP Brooks Brown Mob 1.72 ERA in Mobile, but peripherals are a concern (11K/8BB)
6 4 SP Max Scherzer Mob Proven mortal at AA, but still potent (26K/22IP)
7 8 SP Esmerling Vasquez Mob 8K, 0 ER in latest dominant start
8 3 SP Brett Anderson Vis Lake Elsinore saw him twice in 1 week, hit him hard the second time
9 9 CF Joey Side SB We're running out of things to say; he's up here every week
10 16 OF Jeff Salazar Az We were right about the promotion, wrong about the context
11 5 1B Bryan Byrne Vis Slow week for Byrne: "only" 3 hits in last 4 starts
12 18 SP Bryan Henry Mis Osprey are 4-0 in his starts, 4-12 otherwise
13 - 3B Jaime, D'Antona Tuc Streaky D'Antona is hot again: .448 AVG this week
14 13 C Orlando Mercado Vis Whoops! Manager De La Cruz used him as defensive replacement to break hit streak
15 - SP Yusmeiro Petit Az Funky arm action is playing better in Phoenix than it did in Tucson
16 11 SP Tony Barnette SB Usually dominant, but Tony still has the occasional rough outing
17 20 RP A. J. Shappi Mob Hasn't allowed a run since June 23
18 23 C Frank Curreri Vis Recent highlights include: 2 HR/5 RBI game, 3 BB game, 4 H game
19 - 2B Emilio Bonifacio Mob Made AS game via defense, but adds 9-game hit streak and 5 SB this week
20 - OF Anthony Smith Mis 1.377 OPS in 10 games with Missoula
21 - 3B Clayton Conner Yak Walk-off double highlighted a week in which Conner batted .481
22 - OF Jereme Milons Vis 3 SB and .366 BA over last 10 games
23 - RP Chase Christianson Yak South Alabama reliever threw 5 IP/1 ER in 1st professional start
24 17 SP Greg Smith Mob Hasn't walked more than 2 in a start all season
25 27 OF Shane Byrne Yak Continues to feast on short-season pitching
26 28 SP Derik Nippert SB 4 wins in last 8 appearances
27 - OF Aaron Cunningham Vis Hitting .345 since leaving the White Sox, but just 1 BB and 0 HR
28 15 RP Reid Mahon SB Allowed just 2 ER in past 7 games, but still charged with 3 losses in that span
29 - C Sean Coughlin Mis 13th rounder good on both sides of the ball so far
30 21 SP Cesar Valdez SB Couldn't get through the 2nd inning with uncharacteristic 4 BB in last start

Three To Watch:

- SP Matt Green (Mobile), who is once again pitching like he did in April

- RP Mark Romanczuk (South Bend), who has allowed just three hits over his last 7+ scoreless innings

- RF Carlos Gonzalez (Mobile), who with 3 HR in his past 9 games may finally have figured out AA pitching

Falling Off:

- RP Matt Elliott (12) got hammered for 6 ER in his last two outings

- SP Dallas Buck (14) is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery

- C Wilkin Castillo (19) is batting .227 in July

- 3B Rusty Ryal (22) is batting .158 since his promotion


Disagree with our rankings?  Have a question about a prospect?  Just plain lonely?  Email future_backs@yahoo.com with your concerns.

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