FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 4

Evan Frey and Josh Ellis keep their streaks alive, while Emilio Bonifacio, Leo Rosales, and the upstart Tucson Sidewinders begin streaks of their own in our latest Power Rankings for the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. Also, #1 draft pick Jarrod Parker climbs the ladder this week.

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.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
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

Falling Off:

- 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

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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