Evan Frey keeps cracking out base hits and Josh Ellis remains stubborn about allowing runs, although both players' teams are scuffling right now. The Baybears are holding strong at .500 and one game out of first place, but the real turnaround this week is the play of the Triple-A squad.
Oddly, the Tucson Sidewinders have gone 6-2 since Max Scherzer earned his promotion to the major leagues. Emilio Bonifacio has led the way with a 10-game hitting streak, while Jaime D'Antona has batted .575 in that 10-game span. Josh Whitesell had three homers and 10 RBI in the first three games against the Isotopes, and Alex Romero is making the most of his regular playing time, but Trot Nixon's recent hitting makes him the favorite to be the next Sidewinder called up to the big leagues. Pitching-wise, new closer Leo Rosales is shutting down the opposition, with the starting pitching keeping the Sidewinders in games.
Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with the greatest emphasis placed on the past week of play, not the best prospects overall.
Note: Stats are accurate as of Sunday, May 4th.
|1||1||SP Max Scherzer||Az||Not a bad big league debut, I'd say|
|2||3||SP Matt Torra||Mob||Has only allowed a walk or more than one run in one of his six starts|
|3||5||OF Evan Frey||SB||Hit streak at 22: Only 40 minor leaguers have ever made it to 30|
|4||7||RP Josh Ellis||Vis||Will he EVER give up a run? Now at 17.2 scoreless innings|
|5||9||3B Jaime D'Antona||Tuc||Mark Reynolds had better snap out of his slump with D'Antona in the wings|
|6||16||2B Emilio Bonifacio||Tuc||Batting .453 during 10-game hit streak that includes 9 multi-hit games|
|7||14||OF Peter Clifford||Vis||Hitting .444 with 7 XBH in last 10 games|
|8||25||SB Jarrod Parker||SB||This week: 2-0, 11 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB|
|9||10||1B Mike Mee||SB||Hit his first pro homer this week; keeping AVG & OBP up as well|
|10||2||SS Yunesky Sanchez||Mob||Bat cooling down slightly, but still no errors committed|
|11||-||RP Leo Rosales||Tuc||11.1 scoreless inning streak and three saves in last 5 appearances|
|12||-||RP Reid Mahon||Mob||0 ER, 1 BB, and 5 SV over last 7 appearances|
|13||-||1B Josh Whitesell||Tuc||Whitesell has homered in his last three games, totaling 10 RBI|
|14||11||RP Abe Woody||Tuc||Finding PCL slightly less hospitable than Southern League|
|15||13||SP Bryan Augenstein||SB||Only one bad start all year, but still winless|
|16||17||RP Jose Marte||Mob||Now picking on hitters his own age (25) at Double-A|
|17||-||RP Thomas Layne||SB||No runs allowed in last 4 games, 1.42 ERA over last 6|
|18||6||3B Cesar Nicolas||Mob||Bat is cooling slightly in system with hot third basemen|
|19||4||3B Ricardo Sosa||Vis||Bat is cooling significantly in system with hot third basemen|
|20||20||RP Chad Beck||Vis||Earned promotion to Visalia, holding steady in our rankings|
|21||-||SP Christian Beltre||SB||14 K, 0 BB, 2 ER over last 3 starts|
|22||-||SS Pedro Ciriaco||Vis||Had games with 2, 2, 3, and 5 hits last week (.394)|
|23||-||OF Alexander Romero||Tuc||Batting .340 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in Tucson|
|24||8||SP Cesar Valdez||Vis||ER by game showing disappointing trend: 1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 4|
|25||-||RP A. J. Shappi||Mob||Earned 3-inning save Sunday as ERA rose to 2.00|
Three To Watch:
- C Sean Coughlin (South Bend), who has shown much improved plate discipline since joining the Silver Hawks out of extended spring training.
- SP Billy Buckner (Tucson), who took a no-hitter into the 8th inning Sunday, but still owns a 6.19 ERA on the year
- OF Gerardo Parra (Visalia), who had four hits on Saturday and may be back on track
- SP Wes Roemer (12) set season highs in walks (4), hits (8), and earned runs (5) in last outing
- IF Taylor Harbin (15) still isn't quite right yet, apparently
- IF Matt Oxendine (18) isn't getting playing time while Harbin battles through his slump
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