FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 6

The two top outfield prospects in the organization appear on this week's rankings. We also see a strong showing from several Silver Hawks, though none of them can compete with Jaime D'Antona, the hottest hitter in the minor leagues.

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.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
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

Falling Off:

- 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

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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