The Silver Hawks are 11-5 in May, so it's no surprise to see three of their players in the top five of our rankings. But the big story this week is Jaime D'Antona. The longtime veteran of the Diamondbacks' system has only played one of his last 30 games at catcher. Apparently, being able to focus primarily on offense has aided his swing. Still, as hot as he is, we can't move him past Max Scherzer, who is excelling where it matters most.
Outfielders Gerardo Parra and Cyle Hankerd also appear to have righted their swings, as both are swinging hot (if not quite D'Antona hot) bats. Finally, though he doesn't qualify for this list as he's lost his rookie status, 23-year old Yusmeiro Petit has 22 strikeouts without walking a batter through four Triple-A starts, meriting an honorable mention here.
Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with the greatest emphasis placed on recent play, not the best prospects overall.
Note: Stats are accurate as of Sunday, May 18th.
|1||1||SP Max Scherzer||Az||ALERT: 102 pitches in 5 innings Saturday|
|2||2||3B Jaime D'Antona||Tuc||.430 BA now leads the PCL; All 6 of his HR have come in May (.571 AVG, 1.041 SLG)|
|3||3||SB Jarrod Parker||SB||Won his last four starts; opponents batting .150 against him after the 3rd inning|
|4||8||C Sean Coughlin||SB||3 homers in last 2 games gives Coughlin 17 RBI in 51 AB|
|5||5||OF Evan Frey||SB||Has hit safely in 33 of 37 games, including 18 multi-hit affairs|
|6||4||SP Matt Torra||Mob||Still owns a 2.30 ERA after a rough loss|
|7||6||RP Josh Ellis||Vis||He finally cracked... but this ERA is still 1.59|
|8||7||2B Rusty Ryal||Mob||Cooling off this week, but still owns a .690 SLG for May|
|8||13||SS Yunesky Sanchez||Mob||Mini 6-game hit streak keeps his BA above .350|
|10||16||OF Alexander Romero||Tuc||Batting .361 in May, but still needs to develop other skills|
|11||9||OF Peter Clifford||Vis||Cooling off: Just 2 hits in last 16 AB (.125)|
|12||18||P Thomas Layne||SB||Reliever made his first start of the season memorable: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 ER|
|13||20||RP William Spottiswood||SB||Now 14.1 scoreless innings and 3 saves in last 5 appearances|
|14||15||C Ed Easley||Vis||Steady at the plate; 8 straight errorless games behind it|
|15||21||RP Chad Beck||Vis||Sub-1.00 ERA at Visalia and no hits allowed this week|
|16||22||RP Evan Scribner||SB||Now has 32 K in 22 IP and a 1.35 ERA since his first appearance of the season|
|17||23||RP A. J. Shappi||Mob||1.73 ERA: Time to promote Shappi to Tucson|
|18||24||SP Bryan Augenstein||SB||2.70 ERA and 44:6 K/BB ratio after another great start|
|19||-||OF Cyle Hankerd||Mob||Batting .357 in May after .261 April|
|20||-||SP Cesar Valdez||Vis||Three straight wins and a 1.76 ERA this week|
|21||11||1B Josh Whitesell||Tuc||Hit 3-run HR Monday, hasn't done much since|
|22||12||RP Reid Mahon||Mob||Scoreless innings streak snapped; not inducing as many ground balls as last year|
|23||17||SS Jesus Merchan||Tuc||Still batting .341, but 0 BB, 1 XBH in past 10 games|
|24||14||SP Billy Buckner||Tuc||At Home: 0-2, 10.07 ERA - On Road: 2-1 1.33 ERA|
|25||-||OF Gerardo Parra||Vis||11-game hit streak puts Parra back in the spotlight|
Three To Watch:
- SP Brooks Brown (Mobile), coming off 6.2 shutout innings
- SP Josh Collmenter (South Bend), who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his past four starts
- SP Chase Christianson (Visalia), coming off a seven-inning, three hit shutout
- 1B Mike Mee (10) has seen his batting average dip from .352 to .294 this month
- SP Christian Beltre (19) got roughed up for 15 hits and six earned runs over his last two starts
- 2B Emilio Bonifacio (25) stole his first base in his last 24 games on Sunday
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