FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 8

Justin Upton's batting average has been declining steadily all week, and his strikeout totals are beginning to pile up. Maybe scouting reports on #1 overall picks travel fast. Maybe Upton isn't as good of a hitter on the road. Maybe we all jumped the gun. Whatever the reason for his decline, Justin Upton no longer ranks as our #1 prospect after reigning supreme for three weeks.

Whenever a player is called up to the majors, a chain reaction of promotions ensues.  Justin Upton's leap from Double-A to the majors meant that Aaron Cunningham replaced him on the BayBears' roster and that Gerardo Parra would ascend to Hi-A ball.  So far, Cunningham and Parra have fared better at their new assignments than Upton has, but it is important to remember that the youngest of these three players is currently playing the toughest competition.

In other news, this year's 2nd-round draft pick, Barry Enright, was just promoted to South Bend.  He has thrown a total of ten professional innings, but has not yet allowed that elusive first run of his career.  We figure it will show up sooner or later, but with a .152 batting average against and 13 strikeouts already, perhaps we should just wait and see...  

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, August 19th.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
1 3 1B Chris Carter Tuc With 84 RBI, Carter has realistic shot at 100
2 5 SP Esmerling Vasquez Mob Vasquez has won his last five decisions
3 1 CF Justin Upton Az 5 errors, plummeting average suggest Upton may not be ready
4 20 RF Gerardo Parra Vis Now batting .400 with the Oaks
5 6 RP Reid Mahon Vis Allowed just 4 base runners in last 6 games
6 4 RF Carlos Gonzalez Mob 11 of his 16 homers came in June/July
7 13 SP Hector Ambriz Vis 6-1 2.45 over last 10 starts; August ERA of 1.00
8 2 3B Clayton Conner Yak Sidelined after winning Offensive Player of the Week
9 11 1B Mike Mee Yak Converted outfielder has yet to make a miscue at first base
10 14 1B Javier Brito Mob 13 hits over last 7 games (.481)
11 16 OF Aaron Cunningham Mob 9 hits in last 5 games (.391)
12 10 LF Daniel Perales SB USC alumnus holds steady with BA up & RBI down
13 18 C Frank Curreri Vis Another 4-hit game Sunday; hitting .326 on the year
14 17 OF Jeff Salazar Az 4-for-14 since his latest callup
15 19 RP William Spottiswood Yak Apparently walks and runs allowed just aren't for him
16 8 SP Tony Barnette SB Failed to go 7 innings for first time in last five starts
17 - RP Barry Enright SB Promoted to Silver Hawks; still hasn't allowed a run anywhere
18 9 3B Brandon Burgess Vis .222 with 11 K last 10 games
19 22 RP Clint Goocher Mob Has fanned 10 in 8 IP since terrible August 6th outing
20 - SP Greg Smith Tuc 2.42 ERA over last 5 starts
21 15 SP Cesar Valdez SB Two ineffective starts followed by an early exit due to injury
22 7 SP Yusmeiro Petit Az Allowed three homers in big league return
23 25 LF Cyle Hankerd Vis 2-HR game this week; 5 multi-hit games in last 10
24 32 RP Evan Scribner Mis Strikeout machine now has 48 in 37 IP
25 - RP Forrest Cory Vis Hasn't allowed a run in over 10 innings & is 5-0 w/ 2 SV in last 7 decisions
26 24 SP Max Scherzer Mob Allowed 18 base runners over last two starts
27 34 SS Mark Hallberg Yak Leveling off after incredible start and ugly slump
28 - SS Elijah Rumler Mis Another good-looking middle infielder from this year's draft
29 28 C Ed Easley Yak 5 RBI in last three games
30 30 3B Jaime D'Antona Tuc 21 errors are the reason that D'Antona doesn't have Jeff Cirillo's job
31 26 SP Brooks Brown Mob Walked 5 in loss Saturday
32 27 2B Taylor Harbin Mis 3 doubles on the 14th highlight an otherwise mediocre week
33 29 SP Josh Collmenter Yak Uncharacteristic control issues in last start
34 - SP Eddie Romero SB Yet another 2-run start drops his ERA below 4.00; puts him on our list
35 35 OF Anthony Smith Mis Continues to do just enough to stay on the rankings

Three To Watch:

- P Dana Eveland (Tucson), who's back from injury with six shutout innings

- 2B Emilio Bonifacio (Mobile), who hasn't stolen a base in two weeks but is swinging a hot stick

- SS Pedro Ciriaco (Visalia), who has 6 RBI in the past two days and the best infield arm in the system

Falling Off:

- OF Peter Clifford (12) is batting a dismal .103 over his last nine games

- P Adam Howard (21) got murdered in two of his last three appearances

- 1B Bryan Byrne (23) is hitting .246 with just five walks in August

- SP Matt Green (33) has an August ERA of 6.28 that doesn't fully illustrate his recent ineffectiveness


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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